In the past few weeks I have been busy designing and building a Do It Yourself Skateboarding Quarter Pipe. There are a lot of tutorials on how to build such a thing, but most of them are written en design for Imperial units instead of the Metric system used here in the Netherlands.

Design for the Quarter Pipe

Design for the Quarter Pipe

This is where I found my challenge in creating /converting designs so they are applicable to the materials and sizes we can buy here in the Netherlands, namely in the metrics units. Besides that fact it has also been true that I’d never built anything like this before and that that in itself was enough of a motivator to check this out.

Half-way through building the Quarter Pipe

Half-way through building the Quarter Pipe

After reading up on the different designs out there I decided to focus on certain material and transition sizes. The choice I made was a radius of about 2,2 meters, the height of the quarter would be 0,91 meters. The side panels will be made from 18mm underlayment and then 2 layers of 9 mm underlayment on the transition beams, which are constructed from beams with a size 10×5 cm. The final layer is made from a 4mm high quality would for smooth riding.

Finalized built of the Quarter Pipe - Ready for action

Finalized built of the Quarter Pipe – Ready for action

After planning all this and thinking about the way to construct, the time of construction was there. With the end result shown in the picture, I must say I’m pretty stoked with the result and the way it turned out. Smooth riding surface with a not to steep transition, but yet enough height on the quarter to make it challenging.

Special thanks go out to Shark Cartel – Safe House project for giving me the chance to materialize the designs into a skate-able object.