Build Your Own Skateboard Rail From Scratch – DIY Skateboard Rail

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Materials required

To build a DIY skateboard rail from scratch, you’re going to need a lot of wood. It will take around 3/4 of a sheet of plywood, and will require four separate cuts measuring 40.5″x27″.

You will also need 8 or 9 cut rail pieces measuring approximately 11/2″x45″.

The other materials that you will need include a table saw, a jointer, a planer, a hammer, a chisel, a handsaw, and a sand block.

Tools

Safety

First!

This is a quick and easy tutorial for anyone who would like to build a DIY skateboard rail with their friends. Rail building can be dangerous and may cause serious injury or death to you or your friends.

This skateboard rail design is not the official skate park design but is worldwide the most common rail design among skateboarders.

Building your own skateboard rail can be heaps of fun if you build it the right way. But going about it the wrong way can result in serious injury.

However, the fact that this rail is so easy to build does not mean that it is safe. When building this rail with your friends, safe guards should be applied. Always assume that your rail is not safe and be ready to take action if somebody falls down and get hurt.

Wood

(6x) 2×4 (10 foot)

(4x) 2×4 (8 foot)

(24x) 2×2 (8 foot)

(4x) 1×4 (4 foot)

=====Steps=====

Lay down the 2x4s on the ground and stand them in a manner that they connect to each other.

Blueprint

You don’t see skateboard rails as much anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build one yourself! The blueprints for skateboard rails and other skate park park details can be found all over the web, especially on skate forums. Plan the park before you build it, because once you’ve laid up a kick, the basic form of the tranny can’t be changed. So if you’re not happy with the bottom half of a hoop, you’re out of luck.

Wrapping up for welding

Now it is time to finish up our rail. Welding galvanized sheets is a bit more challenging than welding a regular flat piece of metal. The reason for that is that the edges of the sheets are more prone to burn. In fact, when welding more than one sheet together, the sheets tend to slide around on each other. That means that the edges of the sheets can end up out of alignment, and then your welds will look nasty.

There is a simple way to combat this however. There is a special process for welding galvanized material, and it is called welding overlay. Welding overlay is the process of first applying a special overlay coating to the edges of your sheets. The overlay will be melted and welded to the sheets, and then filed off. This makes it easy to align your sheets together, and it also protects the edges from burning.

Easy, right?

So to wrap this up,.

We are going to weld overlay first, then cut the pieces to length, and then begin welding the seam.

Welding

Constructing a skateboard rail from scratch is no easy task. You'll need the right tools and the skills to use them, and your work space is going to be a mess of molten metal and sharp shards of metal.

If you're thinking about undertaking a DIY skateboard rail project, here's a quick rundown into what you're getting yourself into.

Safety First

Before we even get into the detailed process of the build, it’s important to talk safety for this project.

Don’t Attempt This Project if You’re Not Prepared

Buying a premade rail, however, is not an option — there are no premade rails on the market that are strong enough to support even a small child. It would be tough even for an adult.

When you build a skateboard rail, you need to be prepared to handle anything that might go wrong. You can’t learn to weld in a day. You should do extensive research on the project, start the project with a clear understanding of the tools you need, and be prepared to tackle anything that might come up.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the basic tools you need to get started:

Any welding project requires safety glasses. Make sure you've got them.

Skateboard rail designs

There are many different skateboard rail designs, and the best one for you depends on your goals. For instance, if you test the strength of your designers and physical abilities virtually using rollerblades or a skateboard, you’ll want the best one you can build.

Just skateboard rails. Then, create a landing and see if you can successfully ride on it.

A concrete skateboard ramp can be made from skateboard decking, metal frames, cement and risers. A finished ramp can be up to four feet high.

Rails can be made from wood or molded plastic materials. They will have thinner profiles than concrete ramp skateboard rails.

Most of the types of skateboarding rails listed above are used to build ramps because of their versatility.

As you build skateboard rails, it will depend on the type of skateboard rail and the type of skateboard you are riding when you attempt to ride the rails. For instance, if you plan to ride a skateboard that does not have kicktails, you will want a skateboard ramp with rail height that allows full use of a skateboard deck.

You will notice that most skateboard rails are wider than they are high. This is because most skateboarders are able to skateboard faster when they skate in a straight line. Because of this, they look to build skateboard rails in straight lines.