How to Build a Skate Ramp in the Garden
Skateboarding is a fun activity that many teens enjoy. However, it can be time-consuming and expensive to go to the skate parks every time your child wants to skate.
Why not then build your own skate ramp at home? This would be a good idea especially for homeowners who have a spacious backyard.
You don't need to spend a fortune in creating your DIY quarter pipe skate ramp. All you need to get started is some plywood, a wooden box, nails and duct tape and you are good to go.
In most cases, it would likely be better to install a movable ramp instead of a permanent structure. This will allow you to place your ramp in various positions according to your mood.
To start with, prepare your materials such as your plywood, box, other lumber, hammer, saw, nails and duct tape. When using nails, be sure to choose those that won’t rust.
The next thing you’ll need to prepare is the design. You can make a sketch or ask someone to do it for you. Other options are to buy a ramp plan at your local skate shop or download a design from a website. An ideal height for beginners is 100-120cm.
When cutting your plywood, be sure to mark each piece so that you know exactly where too put in when it comes time to assemble. If you plan to bend the plywood, be sure to soak it in cold water at least an hour before you start installing. This will let the plywood bend without breaking while it curves with your framework.
You should ensure as well that the bracing wood you make is sturdy enough to carry the weight of your child using a skateboard or your weight while you’re skateboarding. You will need to create the framework first before you can put the top part of the ramp.
When you’re done creating the entire ledge and securing them with the nails, make sure that you also secure the bottom part with a duct tape.
The final steps would be to sand the finished ramp and paint it. Sanding is necessary so you can avoid splinters and to ensure a smooth surface while you’re doing your tricks. It will also help in increasing your speed while you’re practicing.
Finally, painting your skate ramp will make it look good and make you feel inspired to better your tricks.
About the Author:
Tim loves skateboarding who has done several DIY ramps for his younger brother. He is a big fan of penny skateboard as well.