One of the challenging parts about building a fingerboard half-pipe for Tech Deck toys is making the wooden frame. Because the frame needs to be the right shape and curve, you need to make sure you cut the shape of the half pipe correctly. The best way to ensure you cut the frame correctly is to use a template or something you can trace, but more confident woodworkers may choose to use a freehand method.
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Things you need
- Piece of wood 8 feet by 14 inches by 3/4 inch
- Wood glue
- 1 1/2 inch wood screws
- Curver template
Produce a template. You can print and cut out the Curver addendum template, given in the resources section. The template on the site describes how to make a full-sized half- or quarter-pipe, but the template as it prints is the ideal size for Tech Decks. If you would prefer to draw your own template freehand, you can do so on a blank sheet of paper.
Cut the wood for the frame out of the wood. Cut out two side panels at 2 1/2-feet long, and a front and back panel, one foot long. The remaining wood can be used to make two four-inch wide top panels to attach to your frame.
Mark a point along the top edges of one side panel, four inches from the ends of the panel. Repeat on the other edge of the panel.
Line up the curver addendum template with those marks, so the circle which represents the grind rail matches with those marks and the curve points into the middle of the wood. Trace the mark. Flip the template over and repeat with the other mark.
Repeat the tracing process on the other side panel.
Cut the curve out of the side panels. If possible clamp the two sides together so their edges match at all four corners, and cut out the curves at the same time. This ensures they follow the same curve.
Hold the side panels upright about a foot apart. Glue the front panel to the front edges of the half-pipe. Screw the panel into place. Repeat with the other panel. Leave the glue to dry overnight, and your frame is complete. You can attach any surface to the top of this frame, as well as your own grind rails and top platforms.
Tips and warnings
- You can make a quarter pipe using a similar process, which is basically half of a half-pipe. Cut the base of the model so that the curve touches the ground or play surface.
- For tips on placing the surface on the frame, see the video under Resources.
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