Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Mini-ramp

A friend of mine recently dug up some old photos of when we built a mini-ramp in my back garden. A mini-ramp is basically a much smaller and shallower version of the vert ramps that you see in competitions. They're great for learning basic tricks, as well as getting used to the transition from flat ground to steep ramp.

3 of us each shelled out £100($162) towards this beauty and it lasted us about 2-3 years. Aged between 12-16 at the time, it was a lot of money and a rather large commitment. We also had to get permission from my dad. He was on holiday at the time, so I rang and asked him if we could build it. He quite happily agreed (he skated in his youth too), but was totally shocked when he came home as he wasn't expecting a ramp as big and as well-made as this.

The 'vertebrae' of the ramp, made from 2x4s.

After 2 days and spending approximately 24 hours total working on it, all of the woodwork was done. This was great going, but we still needed the metal coping as the icing on the cake.


There was a construction site about a mile up the road where they were building some new flats. I suggested we head up there to see if they could spare us a scaffolding pole. Turns out that they were really nice guys and they gave us a 12ft pole!

We walked into town and took the pole to the nearest Jewsons, which is a building merchant company, to see if we could get the pole cut there. One of the men behind the counter said he'd pop outside and cut it for free! People can be so damn awesome sometimes. He used a diamond-tipped circular saw to slice the scaffold pole in half and we walked home with our two 6ft coping rails!

I then drilled holes in the rails so we could screw them securely into the wood and voila:



That's all well and good to be able to skate on it in the daytime, but we didn't want to stop just because the sun was going down...

Nightlight!
We actually made a load of ramps and rails and various obstacles over the course of our skating lifetime. Here's a kicker that we made with some scrap wood, and a rail that my dad welded from the legs of a classroom table:


Nostalgia can be a bitch sometimes.

55 comments:

Solsby Kid said...

Awesome ramp, musta taken agers to make!

Matt said...

That .. is.. AWESOME!

lets go get lost said...

Oh man, Mini-Ramp was my never finished project when I was 14. Nostalgia'd hard.

HiFi said...

Skateboards were a lot of fun back in the day. It helped me keep fit in school.

AOmar said...

That's sick! do you have video?

mindph said...

Nice work with the ramp

sp3nny said...

nice work man!

FrostyC said...

that is a nice little mini half-pipe. Wish I still had the balls to do that stuff... I broke my ankle & just quit though...

miscellaneousmusicalmistakes said...

I would construct my own too, but lack of time unfortunately :(

Algorithmic said...

Pretty cool! Hard to make?

2A knows best said...

These pictures with your story really cut through my heart in nostalgia too... I remember how cloudy the skies could become when I was that age. Just thinking back at it makes me glad to have been young.

randomer said...

Very cool ramp, really brings back memories.

rea0503 said...

Wish I'd learned to skate before going snowboarding with some friends a while back. It would've saved me from a lot of falls

Flodström said...

Nice, that's some amazing crafting there

gamefreak3335 said...

pretty cool ramp

jmacabroad said...

Thanks for sharing!

Quetopia said...

I love watching this vicariously.

Dave said...

Looks great fun.

Dixie said...

that is a fucking nice ramp man

Al3xaG said...

Pretty cool, specially for that age!

Xenototh said...

Wait, you built that when you were a teenager. What the hell could you build now? lol.

Bart said...

dude, i fucking love it. and wanna see some sweet pics

aether45 said...

Sick. Looks like you guys did a pretty good job building it.

Frosty said...

That is really impressive, good job

Intraman said...

this ramp looks sick! nice work man

Trolske said...

I'ver never seen a selfmade ramp as awesome as yours!

Blogging Skater said...

i could skate that for hourse

Blogging Skater said...

hours*

CounterCulture said...

Sweet ramp dude! I remember when me and my friends used to do stuff like this :)

Colin Biano said...

good job for being 12, lol

lacrosseman said...

That's pretty sick. I remember the day I wanted to build one of those in my back yard. It never happened, and skateboarding faded out of my life ;(

thenitefalls said...

That's a sweet mini half pipe! I made several ramps with my friends when I was little, but it was just a piece of wood with a brick under it lol

mindlessfrk said...

For a homemade ramp, looks really good!

bruno said...

I'm amazed that you guys actually built the ramp... I was so lazy in my teens...

Jesse Crows said...

whoa good job on this

game_artifacts said...

nostalgia is one of the most bittersweet feelings in the world

zepdragon said...

Lol, I read this whole deal, and my favorite part was the last sentence (in a good way) lol

Skankin_Pete said...

Absolutely awesome ramp!

Anonwadi said...

lol. @ bruno.
I used to be the opposite. lazy now and active in my teens. i had soo many plans.

Michelangelo said...

Damn, that is awesome!

jblogger45 said...

looks awesome

Noises And Chords said...

Agreed with your last sentence...

Jay said...

that is looking pretty awesome!

OatmealStout said...

Looks sturdy. I want to try building something!

Things on my wishlist said...

Awesome mini! I built one at my parents house back in like 2001 when I lived there. 6ft high walls and about 12' long by 16'wide.awesome. Yours looks like it would be hella fun to skate. What did you use for the surface? real Skatelite is super expensive so I had some masonite which was really slick. anyway, that thing looks sick!

SeanExact said...

amazing!!! im totally inspired right noww

Roysizzle said...

DAT RAMP!

The Suit said...

That's pretty impressive for a few 12-16 year olds.

Necroticism said...

A friend of mine is dying to make one of these!

ReMs said...

oh man, pay my respects, nice half pipe

Alex said...

Sweet ramp, been meaning to build one for ages with mates.

thoff74 said...

Sick ramp dude! I made one way back in the day, but it wasn't as nice as that one.

Alexis said...

That's a nice looking ramp, must be amazing to have one in your garden!

paulz said...

Great work on the ramp

MRanthrope said...

that's awesome. I never last too long on a skateboard, always ate shit almost immediately. ha

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