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Skateboarding Ramps: Flying High

Apr 23, 2008
Sooner or later, everyone who rides a skateboard, bike or inline skates wants to tackle a skateboarding ramp. So many cool skateboarding tricks can be performed on a ramp, and it is not too hard to build one at home. Having a ramp at home gives you a chance to practice your skateboarding moves in peace and quiet. After all, who wants to take a lot of beginners' wipe outs in public? With some plywood, a few pieces of 2" by 4", and the right tools, you can build your own skateboarding ramp at home.

The first step is to check out skateboarding ramps you like and measure heights and curves, keeping in mind your own skill level. Next, compile your notes and draw up your own plans. When you are happy with it, draw the curve of the transition (the side) shape onto a big enough piece of plywood. When it is right, cut the curve out using a jigsaw. Sand the edges by hand or use an electric sander.

To make the second transition, lay another piece (or the bottom half of the first transition, if the remainder is large enough, on the floor. Take your finished transition and put it on top, transferring the curve with pencil. Cut and sand this transition and the sides of your skateboarding ramp are ready to rock.

Brace the corners with lengths of 2" by 4". When you are positioning your transition shapes, you can save time by making the width the same as that of the flexible double ply you will be using for your skateboarding ramp itself. Screw pieces of 2" by 4" six inches apart to bear the weight of the floor. The better your work, the more durable and long lasting your skateboarding ramp will be. The screws should go from the inside out. Starting the holes with a drill will avoid splintering the wood.

Now you're ready for the ramp itself. Glue and nail the floor on, paying close attention that no screws or nails are poking out onto the ramp surface, otherwise, look out for some severe tire damage! Finally, add a thin metal strip to the bottom of the ramp for a smooth landing.

A last warning: try your weight on your skateboarding ramp before you go for a test drive! Otherwise, your inaugural flight could be your finale!
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