How to Build a Skateboard Kicker Ramp

Easy | | | | | Difficult
Materials needed
  ♠   2 - 4×8, 3/4" plywood
♠   1 - 4×8, 1/4" masonite
♠   5 - 2×4's, 8' long
♠   1 - 1lb box of 1 5/8" screws
♠   1 - 1lb box of 2 1/2" screws
♠   1 - 10 × 4', 3/16" steel
Tools needed
  ♠   Tape Measure & Pencil
♠   Circular saw
♠   Drill w/ philips bit
♠   3/16" drill bit
♠   3/8" drill bit


A skateboard kicker ramp is another easy to build structure that doesn't require much wood. The dimensions of this kicker ramp are 6' long, 4' wide and 1'-6 tall.

You can add an old set of trucks with wheels to the back of the kicker ramp to make it easier to move.


Where to get your Supplies

The wood and hardware can be found at most home improvement stores. Sometimes you can find the steel there as well, I know my local Home Depot carries the coping and threshold material.

If not, check the phone book. Look up Steel, Steel Yards, Steel Fabricators, Scrap Steel & anything else with Steel in the title.

If this ramp is going to stay outside, it needs to be protected from the elements. A good place to start is with pressure treated lumber, paint and a tarp. You may want to invest in a composite material for the surface too. Such as Skate Lite or Ramp Armor.

Be extra careful when working with treated lumber though, the chemicals used to treat the wood contain a poisonous pesticide.


Build it

Gather all your materials. Start with the 2×4's. Cut 10 pieces at 3'-10 1/2 in length (you will get 2 out of each 8' long 2×4). Set them aside. Below is a cut list referencing what else you will need and it's size.


Material Cut List
Qty.       Type   Size
10     2×4   3'-10 1/2
Qty.       Type   Size
1     3/4" Ply   4'-0 × 6'-2
2     3/4" Ply   Sides (See Image)
Qty.       Type   Size
1     3/16" Plate   10" × 4'-0


Cut the sides

Sides layout

You can obviously make your skateboard kicker ramp any size you want. However, for this set of plans you will need to cut the two sides to 1'-6 x 5'-6 as shown above.




Framing the bottom

Framing the Bottom

Attach the bottom 2×4 cross members as shown.


Framing the top

Framing the Top

Now attach the eight 2×4 cross members, 8" on center starting from the bottom.


Attaching the plywood

Attaching the Plywood

Cover the framed skateboard kicker ramp with a piece of 3/4" thick plywood that is 4' wide by 6'-2 long. The plywood should just touch the ground and go to the top of the kicker.


Attaching the masonite

Attaching the Masonite

Then cover the plywood with the 1/4" masonite that is 4' wide by 5'-8 long. Make sure you hit the studs when you are placing the screws in the masonite. A good way to do this, is by laying out a chalk line.


Attaching the steel

If constructed properly, you should have about 10" between the masonite and the ground. This is where you place the 4' x 10", 3/16" thick sheet metal or 1/4" plastic.

Attaching the Steel

Drill a 3/16" hole about 2 inches in from each side and one in the middle. After the holes are drilled, countersink each by using the 3/8" drill bit to drill down just enough so the screw heads are flush.

The steel threshold is also available at steel fabrication shops. You may be able to find the steel at home improvement stores too. They don't have the best selection, but it might be enough to get you by.

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