How to make a "Weldless" Grind Rail

Easy | | | | | Difficult
Materials needed
  ♠   1 - 2×4, 8' long
♠   1 - 4×4, 8' long
♠   1 - 1lb box of 1 5/8" screws
♠   1 - 1lb box of 2 1/2" screws
♠   4 - angle brackets
♠   2 - 6 ft angle iron
♠   Liquid Nails Adhesive
Tools needed
  ♠   Tape Measure & Pencil
♠   Circular saw or Jig saw
♠   Drill w/ philips bit
♠   Applicator gun for adhesive

Here's another way to make a grind rail without drilling or welding using the same method as the cinder block ledge... Liquid Nails.

This rail is 10 inches tall by 6 feet long and uses a construction adhesive instead of drilling and screws or welding to attach it.

This is also a readers suggestion, based on a grind rail he found on You Tube. Thanks Ben.

As with all structures here on DIYskate, you can build this grind rail any size you want. However, for the material list to be accurate you will need to follow the plans as listed below.

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.

Cutting the lumber

Gather your materials. Start with the 2×4. Cut it into three pieces, one at 6'-0 and two at 1'-0. Set them aside. Cut the 4×4 into four pieces, two at 8 1/2" and two at 7", these determine the height of the grind rail. Below is a cut list referencing these pieces.

Material Cut List
Qty.       Type   Size
1     2×4   6'-0
2     2×4   1'-0
2     4×4   8 1/2"
2     4×4   7"
Qty.       Type   Size
Qty.       Type   Size
2     2×2×3/16" Angle   6'-0
4     Angle Brackets   4"


Assembling the legs

Assembling the legs

Take two of the 7" long 4×4's and attach a 1'-0 long 2×4 to the end of each using four or five of the 2 1/2" screws. Place a 4" angle bracket in the corner of each leg as shown above using the 1 5/8" screws.

The angle brackets keep the legs from pulling free of the 2×4 feet (they help stabilize the rail).

Assembling the grind rail

Assembling the grind rail

Now that the legs are complete, you can place the remaining 6'-0 long 2×'4; to the legs using four or five 2 1/2" screws in each leg. Then attach the last two 8" long 4×4 legs to the 2×4 at 2'-0 in from each end.

Placing the adhesive

Placing the adhesive

Take your construction adhesive, I prefer liquid nails, and run a bead down the top and side of the 2×4.

Liquid Nails also comes in a self dispense tube which would work great on something like this.

Attaching the angle iron

Attaching the angle iron to the grind rail

Take each piece of 6'-0 long angle iron and place them on the grind rail. Use a couple clamps from the sides and top to hold the angle iron in place while the adhesive sets.

Skate it

Finished grind rail

Once the adhesive has dried (depending on the adhesive - about 12 hours or more), you can skate it.

This should be a quick, cheap and easy project that you and your friends can finish in a weekend. So what are you waiting for... there's nothing to it, but to do it!  •   Thanks again to Ben for the suggestion.

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