How to Make Your Own Skateboard Grind Box

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How to Make Your Own Skateboard Grind Box
Skateboarding is more interesting with a solid grind box. (skateboard image by Pablo Armelles from

Skateboarders will use just about anything to perform tricks on, but having a well-constructed piece of equipment always makes the sport more exciting. A grind box, also called a grind ledge or a fun box, is a relatively small box that can be transported easily. It is used to do a number of skateboarding street tricks, including grinds, ollies and board slides. The key to building a grind box is solid construction, otherwise the continued wear that comes from slamming into it with a skateboard can cause it to break and lead to accidents.

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Things you need

  • 4 pieces of 96-inch, 2-by-4 pressure-treated lumber
  • 12 pieces of 21-inch, 2-by-4 pressure-treated lumber
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • 2-inch galvanised spiral nails
  • Measuring tape
  • 6 pieces of 12-inch, 2-by-4 pressure-treated lumber
  • 3/4-inch plywood, 96-by-24 inches
  • 3/4-inch plywood, 96-by-12 inches

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  1. 1

    Set two pieces of 96-inch 2-by-4 pressure-treated lumber parallel to each other with the wide sides facing one another. Place a 21-inch 2-by-4 between the two pieces at both ends and directly in the middle. Cover the ends of the short 2-by-4s with glue and attach them to the long 2-by-4s, then nail them in place to create a rectangular frame with a support in the centre.

  2. 2

    Create a second rectangular frame in the exact same way the first was built. Add an additional 21-inch 2-by-4 every 12 inches, so there are seven in all. The finished rectangle should look much like a ladder.

  3. 3

    Take the first rectangle and set one of the 12-inch 2-by-4s inside each of the four corners. Glue the 12-inch 2-by-4s to the corners and nail them in place. Nail from the inside of the rectangle out. Place the remaining two 12-inch boards against the middle brace, on opposite sides. Glue and nail them in place.

  4. 4

    Set the ladder-like rectangle on top of the other rectangle so the top of the 12-inch boards are flush with the top of the rectangle. The boards should line up tight against the corners and the centre brace. Glue and nail the 12-inch boards to the ladder-like rectangle.

  5. 5

    Glue and nail the large piece of plywood to the ladder-like side of the box. Place glue on all the edges and run a thin bead of glue down each of the centre supports. Nail down the plywood every 12 to 16 inches.

  6. 6

    Attach the small piece of plywood to the side of the box. Place a liberal amount of glue down each of the long 2-by-4s and nail the plywood in place with a nail every 10 to 12 inches.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when skating a grind box and make sure to always wear protective gear to prevent injury.

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