How to Make a Metal Fingerboard Rail

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How to Make a Metal Fingerboard Rail
Grinding is done with the trucks, while sliding involves the board touching the rail.. (Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A grind rail allows you to test your fingerboard skills in an obstacle that focuses on precision and balance. There are numerous variations of moves you can practice and master with your own grind rail. You can learn how to make your own metal fingerboard grind rail to add a few tricks to your repertoire.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch Hollow aluminium rod, 8 inches long
  • 3-inch wooden cubes, 2
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Electric drill
  • 3/8-inch nails, 2
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Drill a hole into either side of the aluminium rod about 1 inch from the end. Drill the hole all the way through the rod.

  2. 2

    Place the two wooden cubes 6 inches apart, then lay the metal rod between them. The rod should suspend across the gap. Position the rod in the centre of both cubes.

  3. 3

    Hammer a single nail into either end of the rod. Hit the nail down into the block through the railing, connecting the rail to the two wooden cubes. Tap the nail in as far as it can go.

Tips and warnings

  • Hold a third nail upside down, then touch the head of it to the fastener nails and tap the pointed end to embed the mounting nails into the railing (this will prevent your fingerboard from hanging up on the protruding nail head).

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