How to Build a Mini Ramp

Many communities have added skateboard parks, but it is still frowned upon when skateboarders take to the street. The age of skateboarding participants varies from children to adults. Many families are adding mini ramps to their back yards in much the same way they previously added swing sets and above ground pools. The beauty is that you, too, can build a mini ramp in the back yard. This article relates to building your first mini ramp from a kit.


  1. 1
    Buy a kit for a beginner mini ramp project from a source such as PDX Skate Ramps.
    • Assemble the pieces yourself, and you have the fulfillment of a job well done. This does, however, give you the opportunity to have expert help to call if you should need it.
    • An average mini ramp will measure 8 feet (2.44 meters) wide with the tall end at least 2 feet (.61 meters) high. The flat portion of the bottom will extend 5 feet (1.52 meters) on average.
  2. 2
    Lay the .75-inch (1.9 mm) plywood for the ends on a flat working surface. Draw the necessary arc on the sides with a pencil and drawing curve.
  3. 3
    Cut the curves as shown on your instructions if they are not already removed. The arc will go from the deck top extending out onto the ramp that equals the height -- approximately 2 feet (.61 meters).
  4. 4
    Sand the curved edges well to get a clean finish.
  5. 5
    Frame both ends using 2 x 4-inch pieces of wood (5.1 x 10.2 cm) and .75-inch (1.9 mm) plywood. Follow your kit manufacturer's instructions to put the pieces together. Duplicate the efforts put into making the first end when preparing the others. There will be a total of four of these, with two on each end.
  6. 6
    Extend the framing materials to include an average of 5 feet (1.52 meters) before the other end begins to create the ramp base. Ensure the stud pieces are close enough together to support the weight. You will need one where both curves end and one in the middle of the bottom area.
  7. 7
    Use the remaining plywood pieces to create the middle section of the mini ramp from where one curve ends and another begins. Bend the plywood as you go, attaching it to the framing with deck screws.


  • Internet sites such as Xtreme Skater offer free skateboard ramp plans of all levels.
  • Work 2 feet (.61 meters) of the deck into the design for the rider to stand on as needed (if not already included in the plans).
  • Use treated wood where it touches the ground and exterior plywood for areas exposed to weather.


  • Make sure to have a knowledgeable person standing by to help if trying to draw out and build a mini ramp yourself without previous woodworking knowledge.

Things You'll Need

  • Beginner mini ramp project kit
  • Deck screws
  • Scroll saw
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill with bit for deck screws
  • Drawing curve
  • Sandpaper

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