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Old 04-03-2011, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up My boy built his 1st box for summer sessions in the yard

Well the boy and I whipped up a box. It just needs a top board and lexan now













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Old 04-04-2011, 08:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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looks good Wont he have trouble sliding on grass though
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wink set up progress...

Not done yet but we just staged the set-up. This is our snow in the Mid-West







I'm a little concerned with the angle of the drop in ramp-to-ground. I think I may have to add a slight leveling out transition section. Any thoughts as to if that is to steep where ramp meets ground.



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We scrounged the wood plus some I had. I got the pallet rack system cross members from a customer for free. We had the beautiful "rummage sale sign green" paint in the basement. I have a buddy looking into turf scrap from his warehouse, that would be sweet. Still trying to do a top sheet, I heard from a glass company that Lexan will break.

Looking good so far
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in the second photo it does look steep yeah, but in the last one it looks ok.

it really depends on the speed required to get onto the box, you'd normally work the drop in by the speed needed as you cant really put a speed check in on the way down!
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How would you get on the drop in? Playhouse thing has a wooden bar blocking it, and theres no way to stand on it and drop in?
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Yeah, the ramp as it stands is going to be to steep. A lot of energy is going to be absorbed by the nose of the board on hitting the ground and take away a lot of momentum. It can still be done, of course, but a transition piece would be the best.
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The ramp is fine. Mine is actually steeper. I had it mellower, but when its steeper you actually pick up more speed. Jut throw some dirt under the turf at the bottom so the level out is not real abrupt.
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The ramp is fine. Mine is actually steeper. I had it mellower, but when its steeper you actually pick up more speed. Jut throw some dirt under the turf at the bottom so the level out is not real abrupt.
Contradictory statements are contradictory.
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no its not contradictory at all. You want a steep drop in, the dirt just at the bottom takes some of the edge off. And since its a curved transition, you can pump through it and get even more speed.

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How would you get on the drop in? Playhouse thing has a wooden bar blocking it, and theres no way to stand on it and drop in?
This was just placed together to see if everything seemed to work together.
I will be removing the braces on the play set to allow for easy access up the stairs and to the down ramp.

I will probably do a transition piece and some testing to see what all needs to be done. Sounds like this will work out though and that is good.
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