How to Build a Kicker Ramp for Skateboarders in 7 Easy Steps
How to Build Your Own Kicker Ramp
Learning how to build a kicker ramp is simple and easy. Every skateboarder should know how to build one, so if you don't know how to build a kicker ramp yet, you're about to learn how.
Building a skateboard kicker ramp doesn't involve a lot of wood, which means you should be able to build a ramp fairly easily and inexpensively. It's is a small ramp that can be moved easily, without a lot of effort.
In this article, you're going to learn how to build a small kicker ramp. If you want to build a bigger one, go ahead—just tailor these plans to the size you want.
Kicker Ramp Materials
Before you can get started, gather everything you need. Here are the materials needed to build this ramp:
- About 12 feet of 2x4s (6 2x4s at 23" long)
- Lots of screws, different sizes (20 1" screws, 24 1 1/2" screws, and 2 3/4" screws to affix the metal bottom piece)
- One 1/2 thick sheet of plywood at 2 feet wide x 4 feet long
- Piece of thin metal (One 3/16 thick piece of sheet metal at 10 inches x 4 feet)
Where to Get Supplies
You can find most the supplies you need at your local hardware store, like Home Depot or Rona for example. What you're probably not going to find there is the metal piece for the bottom of your kicker ramp.
Call or stop by a metal shop and explain to them what you're working on and what you need. If you're lucky they will have a piece approximately that size in the scrap bin, and they will probably let you have it for free.
And if you ask real nice, the guys at the metal shop might even cut the piece into the right size, punch holes and countersink the holes too. If not, don't worry because it's not that hard to do with the right tools.
If you want you kicker ramp to last a long time, you might want to spend some money on a few things to protect it from the outside elements.
Things to consider:
- Buy pressure-treated lumber
- Paint your kicker ramp
- Get a tarp to cover it when it rains
You could also purchase some composite material like Skate Lite or Ramp Armor for the surface too, but it's not absolute necessary.
If you're going to be working with pressure-treated lumber, be careful because they treat the lumber with a pesticide that's poisonous. Wear gloves and a long sleeve shirt, as well as wearing a dust mask when cutting the material.
Honestly though, you don't have to spend a lot of money to build a kicker ramp if you don't want to. The ramp you see in these pictures was built entirely out of scrap material that was lying around.
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How to Build a Kicker Ramp Step-by-Step
Alright, let's get started...
1. Collect Tools
Get all your tools together first. You'll need:
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- Drill w/ proper bit
- 3/16 drill bit
- 3/8 drill bit
If you don't have drill bits or you can't get someone to drill holes into the metal piece for the bottom, it's not a big deal, you can still build a kicker ramp.
2. Cut Your Materials
Once you have all your tools together, cut all your materials and put them in one pile. Start with cutting the side pieces and then cut the 2x4 pieces.
Here's the material cut list:
- Lumber: Six 2x4's cut at 23 inches
- Plywood: One 1/2 in. sheet of plywood cut at 2 ft. x 4 ft
Two 1/2 in. plywood cut at 2 ft. x 5 in. x 1 1/2 in.
- Steel: One 3/16 in. thick sheet metal cut at 10 in. x 4 ft.
3. Cut the Side Pieces
Like it was said earlier, you can make your kicker ramp any size you want, but this ramp plan's are 2 ft. x 3 ft. 5 in. x 1 1/2 in. as shown in the photo above.
If you're younger than 16 years old you should, you should probably have a parent help you out when cutting your materials.
Get your first piece measured and cut and then use it to trace your second piece.
Now that you've got that most difficult part over with, you can measure and cut all your 2x4's and stack them in a pile next to you side pieces.
Cut six 2x4's at 23 in. long.
Next step is to structure your kicker ramp to make it strong and durable.
4. Attach the last three 2x4 cross-members
Now that you've got all your 2x4 pieces cut and you've framed the ramp with your first three pieces, you can attach the last three 2x4 cross-members.
You are going to use the 1 in. screws to attach these pieces.
Distance each cross-member piece 6 inches apart, starting from the bottom.
5. Cover the Kicker Ramp
After attaching all your 2x4 cross-members, you're ready to cover your ramp by adding your sheet of plywood.
By now you should have already cut this 1/2 in. piece of plywood at 2ft. x 4ft. So all you have to do is cover the framed ramp, even it out and screw the sheet down.
Use the 1 1/2 in. screws for this.
Before doing this, make sure the plywood sheet sits flush with the back 2x4 and rolls down nicely all the way to the bottom on the kicker ramp.
6. Attach the Steel Bottom
If everything was constructed properly, there should just enough room for a 4 ft. x 10 in. piece of steel threshold.
What I've done instead is use an old sign I had lying around for the bottom piece. It works but it's obviously not as pretty as getting a piece that fits entirely.
Use the two 3/4 in. screws for this.
To keep the steel bottom in place, drill two holes on either side of the piece with your 3/16 in. drill bit and the countersink the holes with a 3/8 in. drill bit so that your screws sit flush in the pocket and not sticking out.
In other words, after drilling your two 3/16 in. holes, drill down with the 3/8 in. drill bit just far enough so the screw heads are flush.
7. Clean Up & Skate!
After securing the steel bottom piece, clean up your tools and any mess you made so your parents don't freak out and then go skate!
Try this kicker out and let me know what you think.
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BONUS TIP: For easier transportation of your kicker ramp, add an old set of trucks with wheels to the back of the ramp so you can roll it away.