Whether you've got teenagers in the house looking to burn up some energy in a sport with a bit of street cred, or if you want to have some big kid fun yourself, skate ramps - or half pipes - are a great project to build and the end results are just as rewarding.
Before you get started, be sure to check whether or not you require any permits to carry out this work. Once you've organised this, you're ready to begin!
1. Decide on the ramp you want
With so many detailed plans available online, be sure to to check out what's on offer to suit your needs. There are plenty to choose from, including half pipes, drop-offs and grind bars - you just need to make your mind up as to which will give you the most joy!
2. Pick a place to build
There are positives and negatives to indoor and outdoor skate ramps. If you're building inside a warehouse or unused garage, you can save money on cheaper materials but you may be restricted by height. Outside ramps can allow you to get a little more creative, but they can cost more to build due to the materials needed to keep them protected from unpredictable weather conditions.
3. Clear the space
This mainly applies to outdoor ramps. If you're digging out a space for the ramp, be sure to measure the space accurately to fit it. Skate ramps that are dug into the ground can have a much more 'completed' look when finished, so are a great option for those wanting to build something that will last.
4. Gather your materials
Once you've decided where you're going to put your skate ramp, you can start collecting your materials. If indoors, you'll need plenty of wooden planks measured to size plus sheets of tar paper and plywood to make the actual ramp surface. If outdoors, you'll need these materials as well as concrete blocks to dig into the four corners of where you want the ramp to be to keep it in place. You'll also need an alternative to plywood that is weather-friendly.
5. Follow the instructions
Due to the nature of this construction, it's important to find verified instructions and stick to them. Taking shortcuts in a build such as this can result in injuries to whoever uses the ramp. If at any point you feel unsure, check with a professional that you're on track.