How to make a Manual Pad

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Materials needed
  ♠   1 - 4×8, 3/4" plywood
♠   4 - 2×4's, 8' long
♠   3 - 2×6's, 8' long
♠   1 - box of 1 5/8" screws
♠   1 - box of 2 1/2" screws
♠   2 - 2×2, 1/4" angle iron
Tools needed
  ♠   Tape Measure & Pencil
♠   Circular saw
♠   Drill w/ philips bit
♠   1/16" drill bit

I didn't think that I needed to write a page on how to make a manual pad because they are so easy to make. So easy in fact, that I could make one in the time it took me to write this page.

But I've had so many people ask me how to make them that I decided to write a page and show you how I do it.

As with all structures here on DIYskate, you can build this manual pad any size you want. But 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 angle iron.

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

If this manual pad 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.

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

Build it

Gather your materials. Start with the 2×4's. Cut all 4 of them down to 3'-9 in length. (you will get two out of each 8' long 2×4). Set them aside. Now take the 2×6's and cut one of them into two pieces 3'-9 in length and leave the other two at 8'-0 for the sides. Below is the material cut list.

Material Cut List
Qty.       Type   Size
6     2×4   3'-9
2     2×6   3'-9
2     2×6   8'-0
Qty.       Type   Size
1     3/4" Ply   4'-0 × 8'-0
Qty.       Type   Size
2     2×2×1/4" Angle   8'-0

Framing the outside

Framing the outside

Take the two 2×6's that you cut down to 3'-9 and attach them to the two 8'-0 long 2×6's as shown.

You should pre-drill the screw locations near the ends with a 1/16" drill bit to keep them from splitting.

Framing the inside

Framing the inside

Now place the 2×4's inside the structure you just assembled at 10 1/2" on center. Flip the whole thing on its back and lay it on a flat surface to make it easier to attach these 2×4's.

Placing the plywood

Placing the plywood

Flip it over so that the 2×4's are at the top again and place your sheet of 3/4" plywood on top. Attach it to the framed portion with 1 5/8" screws.

Attaching the coping

Attaching the coping

If you want to add some angle iron to the edges and make it a manual pad / small grind ledge, do so by following the instructions on the ledge plans.


Attaching the coping

See, I told you that this was super simple. If you want to make the manual pad a little higher, use 2×8's or 2×10's instead of the 2×6's. Any taller than that and you'll want to frame it up like the grind ledge.

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