When building a skateboard ramp, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the first things to consider is the space needed. It is very important to make sure you have enough room to build the ramp. Whether you are making a portable one or a permanent ramp you need to have lots of storage space for the ramp. After considering the space you are going to use to build the ramp, also consider the type of ramp you want to build. There are many different skate ramp options, including half pipes, bowls, wedge ramps, spine skate, or wave skate ramps. This is all a part of the planning process for building the ramp. Gathering the materials is the next step in making a skate ramp. Skateboard ramps do not require much more than tools such as a hammer, nails, long lumber, and plywood.
The Building Process
Once gathered, start by building the frame of the ramp. The design of the frame can differ based on the type of ramp you are building. Regardless, it is important to make sure you have a sturdy structure. It is important to make sure the ramp is supported. The amount of support depends on how big of a ramp you are building. To create a strong ramp, it is important to put your support beams close together. Not only does this strengthen the support, but it also minimizes flexibility on the part of the ramp that will be used for skating. To make the actual ramp part that will be skated on, usually plywood will be used. Putting something over the plywood once it is down as a top layer will help make it easier to skate. This can be Masonite or Skatelite. Some things to consider though is that Masonite has problems with rain and sunlight but it is a more affordable option. Skatelite is a more expensive option and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Finally, putting a sheet of metal under the ramp facing the ground will allow for the skateboards to not slow down. A few things to not forget to check off on the list is to make sure you sand down the edges on the ramp so they are nice and smoother and not jagged. Also, remember that while plywood is the most affordable option that means it comes with some potential downfalls such as the possible injury when it starts to wear. Next on the list to check off is the type of plywood you purchase. There are four different grades of plywood, A, B, C, and D. Grade A is the highest and the best grade of plywood. This includes it being sturdy, strong, and splinter-free. Grade B is still affordable but not as high quality. Finally on the checklist, if you made your skate ramp a permanent one, it is good to have a tarp to put on it to cover it when it rains or snows. If the ramp is a portable one, make sure to check the weather to know when to take it inside and store it. Hopefully, now that you have read up on how to build a skateboard ramp, your next attempt at it will be much easier.
Written by Devan Taylor