For BMX riders who don't live close to a recreational BMX track or skate park, making a homemade kicker ramp can be a fun afternoon project. With access to the proper tools and supplies, you can construct a sturdy and inexpensive kicker ramp in just a few short hours.
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Things you need
- 2x4 plywood sheets
- 2x4 wooden planks
- Wood glue
Make a cardboard stencil for the sides of the ramp. The sides of kicker ramps normally have an L-shape design with an elongated base that starts with a gentle slope that curves up to roughly an 80-degree angle. An adequately sized BMX kicker should have a base that is 3 to 4 feet long and a height of 2 to 3 feet.
Trace the stencil twice on plywood and then cut out the patterns using a jigsaw. The two pieces you cut out will be used to make the sides of the kicker ramp.
Saw 2x4 wooden planks into two 3-foot-long blocks, five 2-foot-long blocks and two 4-foot-long blocks.
Nail the 3-foot-long blocks to two of the 2-foot-long blocks to form an L shape.
Nail the L-shape blocks to the plywood ramp sides with the 3-foot-long blocks running along the base. This will help form the skeleton of the ramp.
Connect the sides of the ramp by nailing the other three 2-foot-long blocks to the L shape on the ramp sides. Nail the first block to the back of the base of the L shape. Nail the second block directly above the first at the top of the L shape. Nail the third block to the front of the base of the L shape.
Form the angle for the kicker ramp using the 4-foot-long blocks. Nail one of the blocks to bottom of the L shape along the edge where the ramp will begin. Nail the other block to the top of the L shape along the edge where the ramp will end.
Lay a 2x4 sheet of plywood on the ramp against the angle you just made using the 4-foot-long blocks. Nail the plywood to the angle blocks.
Trim the plywood using the jigsaw so it is the correct size for the ramp.
Glue the edges of the plywood to the edges of the ramp using wood glue. This will help to prevent the ramp from splintering.
Tips and warnings
- Proper safety gear should always be worn when using woodcutting tools.
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