One of the best ways to add a little kick to your finger boarding hobby is learn how to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe and give yourself an awesome new personalized ramp to do tricks on. Whether you want one constructed from wood, or something as simple as paper or cardboard, it's pretty easy to do. This can be a great project for your shop class as well. If you want to know how to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe, then you should find this article very useful. First I will explain the wood technique, and then the paper/cardboard technique.
How to Make a Tech Deck Quarter Pipe out of Wood
- 1 block of wood, 7 by 7 by 7 inches - You can use different dimensions but for the sake of readability I will be using a predetermined size for the wood. These dimensions are actually probably the perfect size for what you need, though.
- Vertical Band Saw - If you have access to one of these, you're in luck. If not, you might want to check out the next section, because it will be awfully difficult to cut the wood like you need to without a vertical band saw.
- Compass, ruler, pencil, scissors, tape, large piece of paper - You'll need these items to make your template.
- Medium-grit Sandpaper - You don't want the surface of your ramp to be rough and rigid, do you?
- Acrylic paint, paintbrush - Unless you don't care about the color, and just want to learn how to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe out of wood.
Set your compass to 6 inches and draw a circle on the large piece of paper. Next, use the ruler to draw a line through it both horizontally and vertically. Use scissors to cut out 1/4 of the circle.
Hold the piece of circle up to one of the faces of the block of wood. Align the edges of the paper up with the edges of the wood so that it's even. Bring the paper down slightly so that the bottom corner of the arch is aligned with the bottom corner of the wood. Hold it in place with tape and trace the arch. When you get to the top of the arch, you will have 1 inch of room left with nothing to trace. Just freehand this part and you can even bring the line straight up to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe with some vert to it.
Take the wood to the band saw and cut along your line. You need to be very careful and take your time on this step so you don't mess up the incline. Tiny mistakes and even leftover notches from release cuts are fine because you can sand those out. However, any nicks or chunks taken out will be a bear to fix.
Use the sandpaper to smooth out your cuts from the band saw. For the best results, sand the wood using short, circular motions.
Now that you've learned how to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe out of wood, give it some flavor and make it stand out by customizing it with your own designs. Use acrylic paint for optimum results because it's probably the most durable paint out there. Apply three to four thin layers and let it dry for about 10 or 15 minutes in between each coat. If you want to add some extra protection, apply a thin layer of clear coat nail polish to it once it's all dried.
How to Make a Tech Deck Quarter Pipe out of Paper/Cardboard
- (5) 3-by-5-inch index cards - You'll need these for the ramp's surface, side panels, base, and back panel.
- Thick cardboard - You can use thick cardboard from an old packing box, and you won't really need that much. This will be used for the frame of the ramp so the thicker the cardboard, the better.
- Compass, pencil, scissors, ruler
- Hot glue gun, glue sticks - This is what you'll be using to hold the whole thing together.
Before you actually make a Tech Deck quarter pipe, you need to first draw out what it's going to look like so you can build the frame for it. Since we're using 3-by-5-inch index cards, the ramp needs to be 5 inches long, and 5 inches tall. With that in mind, draw two straight lines that are 5 inches long perpendicular to each other so their ends meet like an "L" shape onto the thick cardboard. After that, connect the two lines with an arch. You can use a compass and set it to 5 inches if you want the perfect arch; or maybe there is a 5-inch lid lying around the house that you can trace.
Cut the side view of the ramp out and trace it back onto the cardboard four more times. Cut each of those frames out as well.
This is my favorite part about learning how to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe. It's time to get out the hot glue gun and start gluing the frames to a 3-by-5-inch index card. Glue them one at a time and hold each one in place until it dries before moving on to the next one. Space them out evenly, 1 inch away from each other with two being on the outermost edges of the index card.
Spread hot glue all over the tops of each frame and place a 3-by-5-inch index card over top. Press down on it firmly and be sure it's molding to the shape of how you want to make your Tech Deck quarter pipe look. Hold it in place until the glue dries.
Fill in all of the openings left on your ramp with the remaining index cards and hot glue. For the side panels, turn the ramp onto its side and trace it onto the index card. Alternatively, you could just glue a whole index card on to each side, wait for the glue to dry, and then use and X-Acto knife to trim it up.
Well, I would have to guess that by now you probably have a pretty good idea of how to make a Tech Deck quarter pipe out of wood or paper. Now put this knowledge to use and go do it!