How To Build Portable Skateboard Ramps
Learn how to build portable skateboard ramps so you can ride with friends in your neighborhood. Sometimes we need to move our ramps so why not design them with the intent of portability? Here's how.
You'll need the following:
- wood (plywood, non-pressure treated wood)
- tape measure
- Designing the ramp. The smaller it is, the easier it’ll be to port. Picking out a lighter weight wood like plywood or non-pressure treated wood will be ideal. The tools needed will be a saw, nails, hammer, and tape measure.
- Building. Start with outlining the curve of the ramp into the plywood. Then cut out the curve and two more panels to be used as the sides. You can then make the base out of two-by-fours’s. However we're actually going to make each half of the base separate, this making it a portable ramp. Place two two-by-fours’s side by side, about a foot apart, skinny side down, then nail the plywood to the top of them. Use one more, smaller two-by-four to attach the two side-by-side ones, to add strength. Do this to the opposite side as well. Then two more two-by-four's need to be nailed to each side of the curve.
- Support. For the curve support, use two more two-by-four's of a longer length to go into the middle. However, do not nail these into place. Cut notches into each end of both two-by fours to fit securely and place each end on the support beam on each side. This will connect the ramp together. To ensure the bottom of the curve levels into the ground, you can either add plywood or sand it down to run over smoothly.
- Testing. Give it a test run to make sure you’re comfortable with the sturdiness of the ramp. If it’s not, then just go back and either add more wood or more support beams. Remember though, the more you add to it, the harder it’ll be to tote it around.
It should be easy to use this formula to make a ramp small enough to fit into a car trunk or to fit into the corner of your garage. Build a couple in different sizes to make a wider range of difficulty like a real skate park.