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How To Build A Skate Box In 2 Hours

Updated on March 31, 2016

Building a skate box is easy.

Every beginner skateboarder should learn how to build a manual pad or grind box, like the one built in the photos below.

When building this box, to make it as easy as possible for you, use the ideas you see in the side-notes. Otherwise, be prepared to have the tools and possible help needed for the job.

Here is the list of tools used for this project:

  1. Cordless Drill w/ Steel Drill Bits
  2. Screws
  3. Measuring Tape
  4. Square
  5. Pen
  6. Chalk Line
  7. Skill Saw
  8. Grinder w/ Zip Cut

The box in the photos is 5' long x 1 1/2' wide x 12" high. To build a skate box this size, keep reading. Everything is listed below.

Build a Grind Box Video

Material Cut List

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Four 2x4's cut at 5 feet
  • Four 2x4's cut at 1 foot 6 inches
  • Four 2x4's cut at 12 inches
  • Four 2x4's cut at 15 1/4 inches
  • Two angle irons cut at 5 feet
  • Handful of 2 1/2" screws (preferably)
  • Some 1 1/2 inch deck screws

What I used for angle iron was from an old steel bed frame. If your lucky someone you know is throwing out an old bed. Ask around. If that doesn't work, you best bet would be asking some local steel shops for scrap metal.

If you do have a bed frame but you don't have a grinder with zip cut attachment, you could also visit a local steel shop and ask them to cut the angle iron down to size.

Angle iron rails are as long as your box (5' according to plan).

When building this box use screws. Nails won't hold it together long term. Screws tend to keep things together longer, so if you have them, use them!

How To Build A Skate Box

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Get everything together
Get everything together

Make It Happen!

Get together all the tools and supplies you need. You want to have everything in front of you and where you need it.

In the picture to the side, you'll see the bed frame angle iron pieces.

Some have legs to them and need to be cut off. That's what the grinder with zip-cut attachment is for. It is possible to have bed frame angle irons without legs attached to them. Hopefully, that's the case for you.

The angle irons used were a bit too long so they had to be zip cut, as well. Then use the buffing pad attachment to buff the edges of your rails so they aren't sharp.


Ask an adult to help you cut pieces if you've never used a saw or zip cut before. It's important to be safe throughout this entire process.

If you're experienced enough to do this on your own, be sure to wear safety google, gloves, and ear plugs. Protect yourself.

Safety first.

Tools You Should Have:

Ginder w/ Zip Cut attachment
Ginder w/ Zip Cut attachment
Cordless Drill w/ screws
Cordless Drill w/ screws


You could obviously substitute a cordless drill for an electric drill, and I would actually recommend it if you're cutting through thick metal when drilling holes in the angle iron.

Drill Bits
Drill Bits


You want to have two different sizes of drill bits:

  1. One big enough for the screw to fit
  2. And one that bigger than the head of the screw

We'll get into this later...

Ok, Let's Get Started!

The first thing you could do is cut four 2x4's at 5 foot. These are your side pieces. Then cut four 2x4's at 1 foot 6 inches. These will be your front and back pieces.

Then, cut four more 2x4's at 12 inches. These are the legs for your box. And lastly, cut four 2x4's at 15 1/4 inches. These are your middle supports.

Put It Together

Once you've got all your pieces cut, you can go ahead and put your box together.

You should be able to tell by looking at the picture above how I put mine together. It's pretty simple and basic.

After you've got the entire frame put together, you're going to want to put supports in for the top...

Put in enough supports to actually support you when you're olling onto the box. I only used 1/4 inch plywood sheet, but thicker wouldn't be a bad idea.

Measure out your supports. Make sure they are all equally spaced out. Screw them in and let's move onto the plywood!

Cut the plywood sheet as wide and as long as your box -- 5 foot by 1 1/2 foot.


This is where having a chalk line comes in handy. Use it, especially when you're screwing the plywood down.

Once you're done with that, it's time to screw the angle irons in place...

What To Do:

Drill a hole big enough for the screw to fit
Drill a hole big enough for the screw to fit
Grab a bigger drill bit and drill a pocket for the head of the screw to fit
Grab a bigger drill bit and drill a pocket for the head of the screw to fit
Make it so that it's flush and you'll have no problem grinding
Make it so that it's flush and you'll have no problem grinding

Put at least three screws in one each angle iron -- one on each end and one in the middle.

Now that that's done, the only thing left to do is skate it!

P.S. If you found this Hub to be useful then could you please rate this hub a thumbs up and leave a comment. I'd appreciate it.

Keep skating!

Finished Product

Skate Box
Skate Box


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      theycallmebatman 5 years ago

      uhm i think your missing a few 2 x 4's on that materials list. You never included the 4 holding the width of the the 5 footers together..

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      theBanman 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome! That's what I like to hear :)

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      Aiden 6 years ago

      Thank you. I build this exact box in construction and it turned out perfect.

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      alexx 6 years ago

      This is so awesome i just finished mine all i need is the angle iron from the store.

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      Scrap Metals 6 years ago

      wow! i agree with you zakk i will definitely make this box at home. i have my scrap metals and maybe i can use that scraps to make this wonderful box.

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      Zakk 7 years ago

      Definitely will make this box thanks for the tips. Also, at home depot you can get the angle irons for like 8 bucks

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      sk8r4lifeisjb 7 years ago

      so sick descripiton i went out today and got all the materials for it carnt wait to try my new trick(back smiths)

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      Some Guy 7 years ago

      If you make the box as shown it will be longer than 5 feet due to the 2x4s attached to each end of the 5' 2x4s. This will mean your angle iron coping will need to be about 5' 3" . Also, there is more wood in the finished product than on the materials list and in the beginning photo. Probably adding the supports to the top.

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      steezy90 7 years ago

      i jus built mine today took me about two hours incloodin goin to get material great notes on how to build. got back lip second try perfect hight to learn harder tricks

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      7 years ago

      nice i liked the section on the iron angle really helped

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      kjikhnujnj 7 years ago

      why dont u just screw 2 wooden pallets together and put the angle iron on

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      JKing95 7 years ago

      then wouldn't it move?

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      Jmez 7 years ago

      hey were did u get the iron angles?

      and they dnt look super smooth in the picture,

      is it ok if they're a little rough to the touch?

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      Zahid Ahmed 7 years ago

      Proper Instructions! Me and my pals are planning to build this, about how much all of this will cost without the drill?

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      jay 7 years ago

      sick im gonna build this

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      jmt123 7 years ago

      nice box design. you build your boxes exactly how build mine! check out my design a skate deck hub

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      Never_Forget 7 years ago

      Great hub, great pics, excellent detail! Voted up and an "awesome" rating

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      shake 7 years ago

      awesome thank you

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      Zreeves11 8 years ago from Kent

      Yes mate that was super info i built one before but it was rubbish your guide is fantastic

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      theBanman 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Try getting it for free at construction sites or ask around. I'm not sure how much it would cost. Probably not more than $80.

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      Havok 8 years ago

      i wanna build it. how much is all the wood gonna be?

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      Ryan 8 years ago

      Thanks a lot!

      trying to find all the pieces for it now found pretty muck all of it in my shed

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      theBanman 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's a box that can be used for skateboarding, rollerblading, and even BMXing. "Skate" is short for skateboarding and this is what this box was meant for.

      I'm going to upload a video of me using this box soon.

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      Betty Reid 8 years ago from Texas

      What is a skate box?

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      theBanman 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just want to say that for ME this box was free. You might not be as lucky to find this in your yard, so what I suggest is that you go to a construction site and ask for some scrap wood. And you could also go to your local steel shop and ask for some corner rails too.

      Good luck!

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      Drkdragonblaster 8 years ago

      haha all i have to do is screw in more nails for more support but overall it is finished thank you

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      theBanman 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cool. What do you have left to do?

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      Drkdragonblaster 8 years ago

      Thanks almost done making one of these from this tutorial

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      LazarDRod 8 years ago

      Well done! I may just build one of these...

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      tucker 8 years ago

      im probobly going to build one

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      Matthew 8 years ago

      NICE! I'm gonna build this soon and post results on my youtube page!!! :)


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