Kinds of Wood to Use for a Mini Ramp

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Kinds of Wood to Use for a Mini Ramp
Mini ramps test a skater's ability to ride through transition while maintaining his balance. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A mini ramp is a favourite horseshoe shaped obstacle constructed entirely out of wood. These ramps are often constructed outdoors due to their size and to afford the necessary space needed to ride it safely. Since skateboard ramps require a level of durability, build your mini ramp out of premium components. Learn about the kinds of wood used to build a mini ramp to ensue that your ramp affords optimum riding conditions.

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2 x 4s

The 2 x 4 is a title given to a slender section of wood that measures 2 feet in depth by 4 feet in width. (They can be of any length.) The 2 x 4s are generally made using typical lumber like spruce since it is generally a cheaper piece of wood used to construct the inner skeleton of the ramp.

Plywood

Plywood is a series of layered veneers (which are thin sheets of wood) glued and pressed together into a single sheet of plywood. Each ply is laid perpendicular to the next; in other words, the grain of each layer is at a 90-degree angle to the next to maximise the overall strength of the plywood. Plywood is made out of both hardwood (mahogany, oak, maple) and softwood (pine, spruce, cedar) depending on the strength needed. Plywood is used to form the curve - or transition - of the ramp's surface.

Masonite

A thin veneer (sheet) of hardwood used to cover the top surface of the ramp is Masonite. This smooth-surfaced sheet offers protection to the skater in the event of a fall since the plywood could cause splinters under the pressure of the skateboard. Masonite allows for smooth riding and allows a slippery enough surface for the wide variety of tricks performed on the ramp itself.

Treated Wood

Treated wood refers to the chemical process that saturates the wood with either waterborne, creosote, or an oil-borne preservative agent that protects the wood from rot. This type of wood is generally employed for outdoor use, and it will prologue the life of your ramp by preventing water damage. Wood will retain water after it rains for a long time, especially if the ramp is in the shade; using treated wood will prevent this from happening. All the previously mentioned kinds of wood can be treated for use outdoors.

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