When it comes to skateboarding, one of the things many beginners and professionals aim for is grinding. However, you’re going to need a skateboard rail to accomplish such an awesome and difficult trick. And if you want to practice, you can actually learn how to make a skateboard rail for the house!
No, you don’t need the fancy materials or spend oodles of money on skateboard rails for home use. All you need are the right tools and protective gear to begin making a sturdy one to begin grinding! So read on as I show you the easy steps on how to make a skateboard rail now.
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How to Make a Skateboard Rail
Grinding on the skateboard rail is such a difficult trick that needs footwork and balance. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a sturdy rail at home to begin practicing without hassle. With that being said, here are the steps on how to make a skateboard rail.
Prepare the Materials and Tools
Before you begin learning how to make a skateboard rail, start off by preparing the following materials:
- One round rail
- Two metal scraps measuring 8x6x1 inch
- Metal for the feet
The only tool you’ll need is one MIG welder. As for safety gear, make sure you wear and prepare the following:
- Protective gloves
- Welding masks
- Long-sleeved shirt and sturdy jeans
Make the Blueprint
You can find different blueprints for skateboard rails online or ask around to get an idea. Once you already have your chosen measurements, head on to the hardware shop to get steel pipes. Purchase an extensive rectangular steel pipe with square steel pipes as your legs, with feet being three inches wide.
For beginners, I recommend that you make a blueprint and plan for shorter legs. Some may want extensive feet for sturdier rails, or a longer bar to practice longer grinding. For me, I recommend that you have one more leg in the middle for more support.
Next up is to learn how the rails will meld together. While you can do this yourself, you can get help from a professional welder and grinner instead.
Wrap Up For Welding
Once you have all the materials ready to weld and create into a railing, it’s time to wrap it up first. I recommend that you have everything ready to weld by grinding off any unnecessary parts from the metal.
While some people find this unnecessary, it’s best to do this, which ensures that your rail is smooth to use. Some people may need to wrap it up and grind the metals in case of random welds and the like.
You’ll need to assemble all the materials to begin welding! This will be a tricky step, so if you’re not familiar with how to do it, you can follow instructions or hire a welder instead.
To weld it yourself, the welding seam should be smoothed down with a grinder. This prevents any difficulty of sliding down the rail ends while you grind. Once done, weld four spots of the metal, which is the location of the base and feet on both sides.
Add Curved Ends
You have your skateboard rail design, the next step is to add curved ends to it. This will help make falling off the bar comfortable after you grind.
To do this, take a shorter piece of the metal bar (similar material to the main rail bar), then cut it at the middle in a 30-degree angle.
After this, weld all the bar pieces on each end of your main rail bar. Make sure that you turn the short pieces to ensure that it’s edging downwards.
Make the Adjustable Legs
If you want a more advanced skateboard rail, you’ll want to consider making adjustable legs. However, this is a more complex and complicated step. If you’re a beginner or aren’t familiar with working with metal, then skip this step.
But, if you want to make the adjustable legs, follow these steps:
- Weld foot base plates to the rail’s legs. Do this in such a way that the plates are more extensive than the rail legs. Your foot base plates should be able to slide over the main legs
- Drill holes across the rail legs, placing a nut that has a long bolt. Drive this in so the rail can maintain the preferred height.
Drill Moderate Holes
Last but not least, drill holes into your rail to finish off the process. However, avoid drilling too many holes, as this can make the rail unstable.
Before you do drill the rail, make sure that you’ve measured the areas where you’ll drill the holes for more precision. Remember, the two legs should have the same holes in the exact same measurements.
Afterward, prepare your bolts, which should be extremely stable and strong to prevent snapping. After that, you’re done!
Before you begin officially using the skateboard rail, test it out first. Try to grind on the skateboard rail or to put your weight into it. If it seems shaky or unstable, find out the main cause and make sure all bolts and screws are well-placed.
If your rail seems stable and holds on to weight well, it’s time to start practicing grinding on your new skateboard rail!
Wrapping It Up
A skateboard rail is one of the things you need to have and practice with as you learn to ride. With a homemade rail, you won’t’ have trouble looking for safe rails to practice on. Plus, they’re so easy to make, you save a lot of money and effort in the search for a readymade one!
I hope this article on how to make a skateboard rail helped you out! So don’t wait any longer and begin making one to start your practice now.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on how to make a skateboard rail, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!