How to build a small skate ramp

Me, catching sick air over my friend Matt. (Photo: Adam Gong)
Me, catching sick air over my friend Matt. (Photo: Adam Gong)
The basic frame: two plywood triangles, plywood top, and 2 x 4 braces.
The basic frame: two plywood triangles, plywood top, and 2 x 4 braces.

Don't be scared, it's easy!

The first step in building a skate ramp is to figure out exactly what size of a ramp you are dealing with. In my case, I wanted a ramp to catch some major air off of, so I decided on 18 inches. 

The next step is to look at what wood you already have. I'm a rather frugal ramp builder, so I found some plywood (the most expensive item in building) which I used for the top. Next, I needed some 2x4s, the most common wood with which to build a frame. So I went to the hardware store and got four of them. If your strapped for cash, you might want to go to a construction site, and ask for some scraps, or take a five finger discount. I also got about 50, 2 1/2 inch screws.

I loosely planned out the frame and started building. A lot of  people think that ramp building is a precise science, and a lot of web sites offer plans for sale for a launch ramp. I really don't think that it's that hard. The only important thing is that you have many braces going from side to side, and that the ramp feels sturdy. I recommend building on a small budget because you can get away with it, without losing quality. 

Tools you need for the job:

  1. Saw
  2. Screwdriver/ Drill
  3. Hammer
  4. Clamp (not totally necessary)


Materials you need for the job.

  1. 3/4" plywood for a flat transition or two sheets 3/8" plywood for a curved transition
  2. 1 1/2" screws
  3. 2 1/2" screws
  4. As many 2x4s as you rough scetch indicates


*Its always a good idea to work with a friend on a project like this.

*Measure twice, cut once. I learned this from a man named David Foster.

*Jay is right, you can easily hurt yourself on such a ramp. I snapped like three decks already, and my back hasn't been quite the same.

*Skate or DIE!!!! 

 

The deck snapper. (Photo: Adam Gong (Thong)).
The deck snapper. (Photo: Adam Gong (Thong)).

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YoJDawg 10 years ago from Arroyo Grande

Sweet ramp


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jreitz 10 years ago

Nice skate ramp dude. But I'm scared I might hurt myself on such a ramp.


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adamgong 9 years ago from Arroyo Grande

I was going for that dripping paint look.


bobz 9 years ago

what's the gray thing that you are using to smooth out the transistion from the concrete to the plywood


adam ryan 9 years ago

its pretty sweet but theres a different way to build it useind way less wood


Nathan 9 years ago

That's rely cool me and my friends r looking for tha kind of ramp we. might build it.


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jamestedmondson 9 years ago from San Francisco Author

Bobz: That is some 16 gauge galvanized steel I got from a metal worker friend. Contact a hardware store to find something like it.


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TNTRide 9 years ago from San Diego

Thanks for the info


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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

I wonder if a ramp has ever fallen apart on you during a jump :P


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jamestedmondson 8 years ago from San Francisco Author

absolutely not. that ramp could easily handle someone well over my 180 pounds.


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Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

I once swore I was going to learn to skateboard in stilettos. Yeah, that didn't happen. It would help if I learned to skateboard first.


bmx 7 years ago

ah can this ramp be used for bmx bike


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jamestedmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco Author

Absolutely.


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romper20 6 years ago from California

nice man! always love the oldschool skateboarding stuff.

I used 2 skate back in the day, lonnnng time ago it seems.

Miss it, to tell you the truth!

Thanks 4 the article Jamestedmondson


steeve 5 years ago

can u jump it with a cruza?


steeve 5 years ago

can u jump it with a cruza?


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jamestedmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Oh yeah


josh 5 years ago

bro,

i want to make one so bad!!! like the exzact one....could you email me some ideas? my email is jskate6@gmail.com


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jamestedmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thats a little presumptuous Josh, but ok, i'll email you some ideas.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I am seriously tempted to build this ramp, put a kiddie pool at the end, and go at it with a trike. I've already got access to the pool and trike... and you've made the construction process look quite simple! It'll definitely be worth it. Do you think 18 inches is too steep an incline for tricycles?


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jamestedmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

No Simone. I think you should get a little more ambitious in fact. You outta build the world's first trike only mega ramp. http://www.google.com/search?q=mega+ramp&um=1&ie=U...


skater1992 5 years ago

awesome dude


bro, 4 years ago

can u jump a dirt bike on it with out it breaking


Guto Roberts 4 years ago

Could you send me your ramp mesurements please, my email is gutorob@hotmail.com

nice one lad.


Katlego kbj chagane 4 years ago

Working together we can sk8 more!!


Blake 4 years ago

how much did this cost aprox????


MSB created by Neo & katlego 4 years ago

SKATE or DIE!! .Neo & katlego webtrick... Could you send us the measurement of the ramp. My mail is katlego561@ovi.com

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