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Old 11-28-2013, 02:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building a snowboard drop-in ramp, advice/suggestions/help appreciated! :)

Hey guys, I have a moderately sized backyard; I've been wanting to build a drop-in for the yard and later will also make a kicker. this is the current concept i've made for it made solely of 2x4's, although i'm having a hard time figuring out how i'm going to screw this all together :\ makes my brain hurt. any suggestions/help/advice is much appreciated, please be kind and somewhat noob friendly with words as it's going to be practically my first time doing something like this. the height, length and info is displayed by the white right triangle diagram, thanks!




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i also forgot to mention in my intial thread post that i live in alberta, canada so this ramp will always be used "with" snow, because i realized not all people get so much snow so this ramp was and will be created to always work with snow, just thought i'd mention!


that's my current backyard, that drop-in is 6 1/2 feet tall as of right now all hand made with a shovel...it was very time consuming thus why i'm building a drop-in lol.

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Old 11-28-2013, 05:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that you are probably pushing yourself if you do not even understand how to screw it together... And this is not to be rude, but if you don't do it right then you could seriously hurt yourself...!!!

Try to get some help from someone who at least understands the basis of design and construction. As an example, x is stronger then 2 - for bracing...!

And maybe your ramp down is a bit steep...??? if that is 8' x 8' on the design then 90degree drop is probably way too much...

Something like this maybe is where you want to aim...

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Do yourself a favor and skip this type of build. With the money you'll spend on wood and screws you can have a set of these.

4-Pk. Of 2x4 Double Angle Steel Elevators, Black - 1344428, Tree Stand Access at Sportsman's Guide

or for heavy use these

http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/....aspx?a=206358

This is what I use. I'm finishing my set up this week so I'll post pictures. Heres a video of how they work.

I don't go nuts with support beams and wired anchors like they do. Just stick the 4x4 in with some screws and it's solid.

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extremo, i never seen that before...looks like a great idea! you should start up a build thread or a section for back yard set-ups.
i made a little back yard set up but i just laid 2 6x12 planks on my back porch steps with white lattice from home depot on it the drop in. works great
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Thanks for taking the time to reply everyone, thanks for your inputs as well. I think i may have overplayed the construction aspect, i guess i just meant certain parts are going to be trickier than the rest to screw together. And i actually have a drop in currently made of snow that reaches 5' high with a drop of almost 45degree at 8 feet in length, it just doesnt seem to give me the speed and height off the kicker im looking for, and i can't surpass 12 feet in length or it'll be too long. So i figured an 8' x8' x11' would give me exactly what im looking for. It will have carpet on it and snow covered.
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So i've officially started building the drop in since last week, im not exactly building to the concept above, but it will follow the same design for the most part. Will continue to post progress as i work on it.






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looking good....keep us posted!
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looking good....keep us posted!
thanks man! I did some more work on it today, ran out of drill power or I would've kept going :\


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Trusses are the strongest/most rigid shape you can have for this kind of construction. I'd suggest some diagonal braces between each of the rectangular sections. Think about trying to bend a triangle out of shape - can't be done. However you can certainly squash/bend a square or rectangular shape. That would make it much more stable, particularly at that height.

It looks great though, should be plenty of fun.
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Trusses are the strongest/most rigid shape you can have for this kind of construction. I'd suggest some diagonal braces between each of the rectangular sections. Think about trying to bend a triangle out of shape - can't be done. However you can certainly squash/bend a square or rectangular shape. That would make it much more stable, particularly at that height.

It looks great though, should be plenty of fun.
cool, thanks for the tip!
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