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2012/01/09

How to Make a Snowboard Ramp

Not everyone has access to a ski lodge or money for a trip to Colorado for snowboarding. So for folk with less money there is an inexpensive idea that will provide some radical jumps and some fun for winter.

Step One: Find a hill. A ramp will not work without a hill. Other facsimile will work for example if there is a big slide or an incline of some sort.

Step Two: Get some wood and some nails. The least expensive wood is plywood (since it is made up of pieces of other wood. Harder wood will be necessary to serve as pillars to keep the ramp at an angle. Oak works well for this. Four inch by four inch blocks about a foot long should serve the purpose. It will be necessary to have an oak block every foot or so of plywood. For a four foot wide piece of plywood would need five pieces of plywood.

Step Three: Nail the plywood to the oak. Make sure the oak is flush against the plywood. This will make a perfect 90 degree angle to work with. Depending on the length of the plywood will make a deeper ramp. Most ramps should angle about 45 degrees. The depth of the ramp can be determined simply. If the plywood is 12 inches long and the oak is 12 inches long the ramp will be 90 degrees. If the plywood is 24 inches long the ramp will be 45 degrees.

Step Four: Treat the wood. This is an optional step. If the ramp is intended for use for more than a year you will probably want to treat the wood with Thompson’s Water Seal. If it is not intended to use the ramp for years to come, skip this step.

Step Five: Water the ramp. This step will only work if it is below freezing outside. The idea is to get the ramp soaking wet. The ramp will freeze and become slick enough to slide on. So spray some water on the ramp and layer it with at least an inch of snow. Cover the area in front of where the ramp is meant to be. Throw some water on that area too. The last thing a ramp should have is a non-slippery patch right in front of it to possibly cause an injury.

Step Six: Once the water and snow on the ramp and in front of it freeze, the ramp is ready to enjoy!

Discussion: Have you made your own Snowboard ramp? How well does it work?

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