One of the basic skills a skateboarder must learn and do perfectly is the grind. There are many different kinds of grind—the nose grind, the 50-50 grind, and the board slide. The key to perfecting any grind is to practice often, but not all skaters live near a skate park and get to practice using their equipment and rails. Building grind rails to skate on is a fun way to add a twist to skating, not to mention that it will give you an opportunity to hone your metalworking skills. Read on to find out how to create skateboard grind rails from scratch!
- Finding the right material for your grinding rail is very important. Metal is the most expensive material you can use, but it will also last the longest. If you don’t have a whole lot of money to spend, you can also get PVC pipes. Expert skaters say that these work just as well as metal pipes, and will cost a whole lot less.
- If you want to buy a metal rail, choose one that’s around six feet long, two inches wide, and two inches thick. A thicker rail will be a lot heavier to carry.
- If you do decide to buy PVC pipes instead, you will have to buy metal for the grinding rail’s base. The rail’s base has to be very sturdy; otherwise you could seriously injure yourself if it breaks. Get in contact with your metal supplier or your local hardware store and ask where you can have the base welded. Make sure you let the welder know exactly what you want to be done, so you don’t waste any money.
- Purchase two strips of metal 10 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 1/8 inch thick. You will need these as support beams for the legs. Weld the beams together with the base plates, or ask the welder to do so for you. If you choose to do this yourself, make sure that the support beams are of equal height, at around 8 inches. Some skaters have built grinding rails with adjustable heights, but unless you’re an expert welder, it’s probably not a good idea to try this out.
- Once the legs are ready, attack the PVC pipe or metal rail to both legs. If you’re not very confident about your welding skills, you can ask a professional welder to help you out with this. You can also purchase pipes for grinding rails at skate shops or wherever skating accessories are sold.
If you do a search on the Internet, you can easily find free images and blueprints of grind rails, ramps, and fun boxes. Although blueprints don’t contain written instructions, they do indicate the exact measurements the pipe should be, along with a visual guide. This should make building your grind rail a whole lot easier.