How to Build a Skateboard Ramp

How to build a skateboard ramp can be complicated. The idea itself seems overwhelming: Materials must be bought, tools must be gathered, the execution must be flawless-or at least close to it. Nonetheless, having a skateboard ramp in their backyard is the dream of many kids (and teenagers and even some adults). The freedom to practice new tricks without having to wait their turn, the ability to fall without being laughed at; these are some of the draws of having a skateboard ramp at your house. Of course you want to help your kids make this dream a reality. Here are the basics on how to build a skateboard ramp in your own backyard.

The first thing you should do is decide what kind of skateboard ramp you want. Do you want something small that your youngster can practice ramp riding on? Or do you want a monster vert ramp that would provide endless hours of entertainment? Once you've decided the size and style, it's time to find a blueprint of that design. There are tons of free skateboard ramp plans online; a simple Google search will turn up just about anything you could need. Make sure you understand the concept and directions of the plans before committing to it. The last thing you want is a pile of wood and a half-finished ramp before you realize that you're unable to continue.

Now you'll need to gather the supplies necessary to build your dream ramp. These will generally include wood (weather-treated so it doesn't rot after a couple of rainstorms), nails, screws and power tools (yay!). Get everything you'll need together before you start so that you don't have to interrupt a good working flow to find your drill or hammer.

Next you should mark where you'll be cutting on the wood. This is important because you can lose sight of exactly where you should be cutting if it's not clearly marked. Following your plans instructions, cut the wood accordingly and build your structure. Everything should be sturdy and secure; you want to be confident that your skateboard ramp will be able to hold your (or your child's) weight. Once you have finished your skateboard ramp, test it out, slowly at first, to make sure it's stable. Then, skateboard away!

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