Don’t you have any skate park nearby, or you can’t go daily to practice your ramp tricks? No worries, in this article, we’re going to guide you on how to build a skateboard ramp at home with ease. This might take some time and effort, but in the end, it is all worth it.
Before you start building your skateboard ramp, you should know that several skateboard ramp types are possible to make. Therefore, first, think about what kind of ramp suits you and your skateboard.
Well, the kicker and a quarter pipe ramp are the easiest skateboard ramp to build. While the quarter pipe ramp is the most versatile ramp and most riders demand this ramp only because it is also used for bikes, including skateboard tricks. Therefore we’ll guide you to build a quarter pipe ramp in this article.
How To Build A Skateboard Ramp
To build a regular height skateboard ramp that is 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, we need to gather all the required materials and tools. Hence, here is the list:
Materials Required To Build Quarter Pipe Ramp
- 3/4 inch plywood (One 4×8)
- 3/8 inches of plywood (Two 4×8)
- 1/4 Inches masonite sheet (One 4×8)
- Seven 8 inches long 2×4 boards
- 3/16 inches Steel piece (One 1′ 6″ × 4′)
- 2 3/8″ × 4′ steel pipe (One)
- 1lb box of 1 5/8 Inches screws (One)
- 1lb box of 2 1/2 Inches screws (One)
You can buy this material from the local market shop, or you can easily order online. Also, look out for different types of skateboard ramps before you pick any stuff.
Tools Required To Build Ramp
- Dark pencil
- A tape measure
- Sharp Circular saw
- Rechargeable drill with Phillips bit
- Different drill bits
If you want to make a complete skateboard from scratch like a skateboard ramp you can also see our guide on how to build your own skateboard.
Cutting The Wood
Once you have all the required material and tools, the next step is to start cutting the wood. First, cut the 13 pieces of 2×4 inches wood at 3 to 10 inches and ½ in length. But remember the size we’re taking is to make 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide ramp, also you can change the size according to your need.
Now you have to cut the wood into a specific curve known as transition. If you make a tight transition, it becomes dangerous for performing tricks, while you can learn more tricks quickly by making a loose transition. All this transition tightness or loosening depends on the curve’s radius. Hence be careful while performing the cutting step.
To get this done, take 8 inches long 2×4 or string and outline the transition on wood. After this, drive a nail into the wood where you just marked, and repeat it with other plywood.
Assemble The Spilled Ramp
If you’re building a skateboard ramp yourself, get someone to hold braces, to install the mounts so that you can maintain space.
After that, get a long screw and hang the board on wall to maintain your work neat and clean.
To maintain your skateboard ramp as it is for a longer time, you have to add a pipe. It will make your ramp long-lasting.
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Different materials are used to make skateboard ramps, but the most recommended is any type of smooth and sanded plywood.
The cost to build a skate ramp depends on the material you used and the size of the ramp. However, the average cost to build a skate ramp is $40 to $60 per square foot.
Yes, you can build a skate ramp in your backyard. Before you start making, ensure the area you have and keep the ramp size accordingly. You can also make a mini ramp if you have less backyard area.
It’s recommended to have a skate ramp with two layers of 3/8″ thick plywood and top layers of 1/8″ or 1/4″ thick.
Almost all ramp is slippery, but to make them non slippery, a grip tape or nonslip tape can be attached on ramp surface. It makes the ramp non slippery without affecting the performance.
For the skate ramp, you need a total of 3 layers of plywood in which the inner two layers will be thick, around 3/8″ and the upper surface layer of 1/8″ or 1/4″.
We hope that the information we provided was helpful and gave you a clear understanding of how to build a skateboard ramp.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us through a blog comment or via social media if you have questions. The time has come for all the young skaters out there to get their hands dirty! Wishing you all the best with your awesome new ramp, and don’t forget to put safety first!