How to Build a Skateboard Quarter Pipe Ramp

Skateboard quarter pipe ramps are a basic structure in skateboarding. Skateboarders can learn how to use their skills and do tricks on the ramp. The construction involves building a four-sided inclined plane with open ends. The height of each side begins from the ground at the bottom, so it is important for safety reasons to keep an adult’s hands on the structure while it is being constructed. The height of each side may vary depending on the distance that the skateboarder needs to roll down, but an average would be around five feet.

Quarter Pipe Construction 

To begin building a skateboard quarter pipe ramp, it must be measured and cut to make four equal pieces. Inch-thick plywood or sturdy wood must be cut into four equal pieces, one for each side of the ramp. Four inches should be allowed for each piece to slide onto the top of another section.

Construction adhesive is applied inside the gaps on the ends of two sections so they stick together more easily and tightly. A quarter-inch hole is drilled through both pieces near the top of each section and a quarter-inch bolt is put in the hole. A nut is screwed onto the bolt on either side so it clamps tightly when pressure is applied to keep it in place.

The skateboarder, with an adult’s help, positions one of the three plywood pieces on top of a skateboard and sits with their back facing the plywood. The adult holds the board in place as they step onto the bottom piece of plywood and use their foot to push down on it. This gives them momentum to roll up the ramp. They alternate between pushing down with each foot, repeating this process until they reach the top.

Quarter Pipe Material

At the top, they grab their board and roll back down to the bottom. The quarter pipe skateboard ramp is complete when all four sections are securely attached with clamps. Doing this is important because it prevents the structure from coming apart when in use

The construction of a skateboard quarter pipe is relatively easy once you know what materials are needed and how to properly build the structure. The following materials will be required: plywood, a skateboard, construction adhesive, four quarter-inch bolts with nuts on either side of the threads, a one-quarter-inch drill bit, and an electric drill.

CUT THE TRANSITION

Once all four pieces are cut, they need to be attached. The first step is drawing the transitions of how the boards will fit together. The skateboarder needs to draw two cross-sections on each side so that they can see where bolts will go through one board into another. With an electric drill and quarter-inch bit, a hole is drilled through one of the boards.

FRAMING THE BOTTOM

The next step is attaching the quarter-pipe ramp’s structure to its foundation. Two of the plywood pieces are attached on top of two wooden beams (which can be old 2x4s or planks). The beams should be placed securely into the ground and then the plywood attaches with screws. A small gap between each board is allowed so that when a skateboarder falls they can slide or roll off.

BUYING THE COPING

When you’re searching for the perfect pipe, look up “steelyards” or any similar terms. For this example we will use 2 3/8″ OD black steel pipes with 1/4 inch wall thicknesses – they are known as Schedule 80 Black Welded Steel Pipes in most shops and always come standard on construction sites!

DRILLING THE COPING

 There are many ways to attach the coping on your quarter pipe, but I always recommend using screws. Those who don’t will regret it later when they try and remove their board from an unlevel surface! It’s easier and stronger in my opinion; though another method where you can use hook bolts (clothesline) for attachment seems promising as well! For now, we’re going with screws but more about that later…

ATTACH THE COPING

Once you have drilled all your pre-drilled holes, place a coping in the notch that was cut out earlier. By feeding a screw through one outside 3/8″ hole and into an inner thinner onesneath3/16″, it should be challenging but not impossible to do so! Screwing these two pieces together with either screws or nails guarantees no obstructions from ever getting popped by sharp edges during skating sessions because they will go unnoticed unless there’s something larger than normal about their dimensions (unless this were intentional).

ATTACHING THE DECK

The last 3/4″ of plywood is cut to create two pieces at 4′ by 11 1/.24″. Screw the 2x4s together and screw them securely onto your ramp. The screws should be about a foot apart in each piece of wood, so that’s how far they’ll go into place.”

COVERING THE RAMP

When laying down a ramp, it’s important to make sure you hit the studs and use screws evenly spaced about 8 inches apart. For our example here we will be using 3/8″ thick plywood for both top and bottom layers which should total up at 5′-6 by 4′. You can start with one piece going all way across or shorter if desired but do not glue anything just yet! Once this layer is attached securely be sure to take another similar size board – again only using wood of course-and put these two side by side turning them into steps so people have something nice from stepping onto their yard too!

ATTACHING THE MASONITE 

The next layer is done in much the same way as before, only this time around you’ll need to countersink your screws and drill a little bit deeper. This allows for smoother wood surfaces that will protect both yourself and building materials from damage during falls if necessary; who knows what could happen when we get old?!

Holes must be pre-drilled at least 1/4″ deep (3 mm), but should go down between 3/8″-1 5/16″. If desired beforehand: Make sure there’s space between each piece by moving them either left or right until satisfied with the placement.

ATTACHING THE THRESHOLD

If you have a threshold, it’s important to put anchor points around your house. This will prevent water from pooling against walls and damaging anything else that might be above ground level with them too! You should have about 1′-6 between the masonite (or another surface)and dirt/gravel depending on what type of soil is found where one lives- approximately 4′ x 6′. Make sure there are 3″ strips attached at each corner so they can’t easily break off when being laid down onto their permanent homes later– if possible, try getting something like this installed while still indoors during dry weather conditions.


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Hi everyone, I am Ashley, live in Sheffield, England. I'm a Boardsports enthusiast and I've been skateboarding streets since my childhood. As to this site, the goal is to help beginner riders find their perfect equipment so they can have an enjoyable experience on whatever type of board best suits them- whether it be downhill riding or long boarding! Everything written here should be taken as opinion only because everyone's preferences are different, but at least now there will always seem less confusion when looking for gear online.

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