A quarterpipe is ideal to practise your ramp tricks at home. You can make them any size you want, and if you make 2, you can even put them opposite eachother for a mini ramp.
I'm not giving absolute sizes, just pick the size that suits you. The only thing you need to worry about is that everything is properly supported (bigger ramps will need more support beams), and that the concave isn't too steep.
I built this quarterpipe with minimum tools. It took a lot of time, so if you have the right tools, use them!
- Metal saw for the coping
- Wood saw: I did everything with a manual saw, it's possible, but you can save a lot of time with an electric saw.
- Electric drill
- About 20 big screws and 100 little ones, depending on the size of your quarterpipe. Nails get the job done faster, but screws make your ramp a lot more durable.
- 1 or 2 big wooden plates for the sides. I used pressed wood chip plates because they're cheap, but it's not very durable. You can cut both sides out of one big plate if you find a plate that's big enough.
- Wide wooden planks, as long as the width of your quarterpipe (the longer the planks, the wider the quarterpipe)
- 2 or 3 thin flexible wood plates to cover up the ramp. We're going to layer them, so don't worry if they don't seem sturdy enough.
- Metal rail to use as coping of the ramp, as long as the width of your quarterpipe.
- A wooden plate to support the coping, as long as your quarterpipe, and as wide as the top part
- All the wood you can get, there's always something that needs a little extra support.
- Some free time or help from your buddies.
I started by sawing out the 2 sides. Use a pencil to draw the shape of your quarterpipe on one of the big wood plates. Follow the line with your saw. You can do this manually but an electric saw can do it 100 times faster. When you are ready, you should have something like this:
My ramp maybe is a little bit steep at the top, so never forget that you will be the one riding this thing, so don't overdo it. I had to cut a part of the top after it was ready to make it a little less steep.
After you've done one, put it on the other plate, so you can easily copy the shape with your pencil. Saw the line again, so you have 2 similar sides of your quarterpipe.
One of the hardest parts is done now, but we're not there yet. Let's put your sides together, and doing so, create the backbone of your quarterpipe. It might take some time, but the result of this step will make you happy.
Use 2 big screws on each side for each plank to screw the planks to the sides. Follow the curve of the ramp. These planks will support the cover of the quarterpipe. If you leave too much space between the planks, the ramp won't be very sturdy. However, wood costs money, so it's up to you if you want to take the risk or not. You could also use some smaller planks to make the bottom part a little stronger.
It's starting to look like a quarterpipe, but there's still something missing to the backbone: A coping. This is the hardest part.
If the rail you are using is already as long as it should be, nice for you, if not: use the metal saw to adjust the lenght. This could take a while as well, but you'll get there.
Now we need to get the rail on some sort of "coping base". You can built this base with a large plate as long as the width of your quarterpipe and as wide as the top part. This is also going to be the base to drop in from.
Put the rail on the side of the plate. Important: know that you will also need to put the cover plates on the ramp, maybe even 3 layers, so make sure you put the coping far enough to the side of the plate. But you don't want it to be too far, because then you can't grind or lip the coping anymore, or at least it will be harder.
Have someone hold the plate and the rail together while you drill 2 or more holes through both. Find a screw that fits perfectly in these holes. If the screws are too loose, the coping will be loose too, and that could be dangerous. I was lucky, the screws fit like magic.
You can support the rail some more by putting a block of wood behind it. The coping part should now be looking like this:
And from the side:
Now just screw the whole base between the sides of your quarterpipe, just like you did with all the other planks.
Congratulations, the backbone of your quarterpipe is complete! But you can't skate on just a backbone, so we are going to cover up the backbone with some wood plates.
If you have big enough plates, lucky you again. If not: put some plates together like patchwork. Try to put them together vertically, not horizontally, because you will feel the gaps between the plates while riding over them.
I put on only one layer of cover, and I was so excited to try it... while trying, my wheel got through the cover and the cover had to be totally redone. So use enough layers if you want this quarterpipe to last!
To put the cover plates on, someone to help you would be very handy. Put the plate just underneath the coping and put pressure on it. To attach the cover plates to the backbone, put some screws through the cover plate in every backbone plank.
If you can do multiple layers at once, good for you, but if you don't, mind that you should move the screws a little for each layer, you don't want to ruin your drill head by drilling on the previous screws.
You can put a metal plate at the bottom of the ramp to make the transition a little smoother, but mine was already smooth enough.
You will probably have a lot of problems while making this ramp, at least I had, but you'll get there. Have fun on your brand new quarterpipe!
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