Diy Plans For Building Your Own Skateboarding Ramp

Description of types of ramps, instructions on how to build a launch ramp.

In an effort to take further the thrill of skateboarding, you may consider using additional means to do so - including skateboard ramps. A ramp is used simply as a way to increase the size and magnitude of a jump. Ramps can be assembled in many shapes and sizes, and can be formed using several materials, the most common being wood. There are several specific designs that are well-known throughout the skateboarding community that you should be familiar with. The most uncomplicated is the launch ramp, which is used to easily gain massive air while riding. Aside from the launch ramp, there are half-pipes and quarter-pipes. A half-pipe is a large ramp that creates a "U" shape for the rider to skate in. This type of ramp allows the rider to ride continuously, eliminating the need for take-off and landing space while jumping. The little brother of the half-pipe is the quarter-pipe, which, as you might expect, is half of a half-pipe. Consequently, it creates half of a "U" shape.

We will be discussing plans to construct a launch ramp, the less demanding of the three. With a relatively low cost and flexibility in options, creating your own ramp can be well worth your time. If done correctly, a homemade ramp will increase your skating skills and give you an excellent starting point for constructing your own customized skate course.

Materials you will need:

4 Pieces of Wood

1 - 38" x 28" (½" thick) Board A

1 - 38" x 13" (½" thick) Board B

1 - 28" x 13.5" (½" thick) Board C

1 - 44" x 28" (½" thick) Board D

To make things easier, these can all be cut from one larger sheet

Package of 2" nails

Tape Measure



Saw (Hand saw or Band saw)



Safety Goggles

An extra person

A cool glass of lemonade

Step 1. Lay Board A flat on the ground. This will be the bottom of the ramp. Using the level, draw a straight diagonal line on Board B, going from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Cut Board B using the saw, and you should now have 2 equal sized triangles, measuring 13" x 38" x 41". These will be the sides of your ramp.

Step 2. Most ramps have a slight circular indent, instead of being perfectly straight. This allows for greater height and acceleration when jumping. To make this, you will need to cut a circular angle into the two identical triangles. There are no strict guidelines for this, but it is important to remember two things. Make the cut shapely enough to give you more of a lift-off, but do not make the cut so deep that it sends you back down the ramp because you don't have enough speed. Also, make sure you make the exact same cut on each triangle so it does not create any balance problems on the ramp.

Step 3. After you have made the desired shape of the sides, line up one of the triangles perpendicularly on the edge of Board A, so that the two boards form a right angle. With the aid of your helper, turn over both boards so they stay at a 90º angle. Nail the triangle into Board A, using a nail every 3" to ensure stability. After finishing the first triangle, do the same to second. This will be the foundation of your ramp.

Step 4. Lay Board A on its backside, so that the two triangles are pointing up. The 13" sides of the triangle will be the front of the ramp. Now line up Board C with the 13" sides and the bottom of Board A. Board C should cover the sides completely. Nail Board C to the three sides using your assistant, once again nailing every 3".

Step 4. Board D will be the board that is laid down last, and it is the surface you will be skating on. Before you nail it in place, you may want to lay a brick or another heavy object inside to keep the ramp in place when you launch off of it. If the wood is sturdy enough, you may not need it, but it always helps just in case.

Step 5. Now comes the tricky part. Depending on how much of a circular cut you made in your sides, you will need to flex Board D in order to nail it flat. Sand the top edge of Board C, so that Board D slides nicely onto it. The length of Board D will also depend on the cut sides, so it is useful to align Board D on the edge of Board C and leave the excess length at the bottom of the ramp. You can easily remove the extra length after nailing it. Lay Board D on top of the ramp and align each side. After it is placed correctly, have your assistant stand on top of Board D. This extra weight is needed to slightly bend the wood to match the sides. Starting with the edge of Board C, nail (3" apart) Board D into place. Now work your way from the top of the ramp - side to side, until you get to the bottom. Your partner will need to shift his or her weight throughout the nailing process in order to make the board lay straight.

Eureka! Your launch ramp is now complete. If necessary, add finishing touches, such as sanding down edges and removing excess lengths to prevent injuries.

With time and some learning, you will be able to master the art and construct ramps of greater size. Remember - practice makes perfect. Now, time to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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