How To Build A Skate Box for Skateboarders
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:
- Cordless Drill w/ Steel Drill Bits
- Measuring Tape
- Chalk Line
- Skill Saw
- 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!
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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.
Tools You Should Have:
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.
You want to have two different sizes of drill bits:
- One big enough for the screw to fit
- 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:
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!
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