Grinding on the skateboard rail might be one of the coolest things that any beginner riders aim to. But at the same time, it’s also arguably a difficult trick since you need lots of practice to find out the right footing as well as balance to perform it.
That’s the reason I usually advise you to get a homemade rail to perform your grinds more often without any hindrance.
Why Should Be a Homemade Rail Rather Than Buying One?
Well, aside from the preference issue, there are some benefits that are only in a homemade rail:
- DIY a grind rail is much more affordable than buying one at the store. A grind rail on the market prices within $100 to $800 (it’s crazy!) whilst making one at home just costs you around $50 to $60.
- You can custom it to precisely fit what you need to raise your skateboarding level faster. For examples, leg shortening, additional base plates, and bar lengthening.
- Your entire neighborhood is surely impressed with your ability to working with metal and skateboard grinding.
On the other hand, building a grind rail isn’t as difficult as you might be thinking. There are just a few steps and the whole process takes roughly 3-4 hours to be done. But before getting started, make sure you have taken these things into consideration:
Things to Consider Before Building a Grind Rail
- Consider your riding style
- All measurements must be precise and you have to follow it tightly
- Safety first: Don’t forget to equip yourself enough safety gear to avoid unwanted injuries
Now, let’s get started!
Materials and tools needed:
- 1 MIG welder
- 1 grinder (optional)
- 2 small square steep pipes (around 18” L x 3” W) as the legs
- 1 rectangular steel pipe (around 6.5 feet long) as the major bar
- Metal pieces for the base plate (optional)
- Welding masks
- A long-sleeved sweatshirt and jeans
The Ultimate Guide To Make A Skateboard Rail – Homemade Skateboard Rail Guide
Before going to a nearby big hardware shop, ensure you already have the blueprint for your grind rail as it’s essential to have the measurement with you.
At the shop, let the seller know what you precisely need to ask them to cut the metal for you. Or, you can do it yourself with a power saw if it’s available in your garage and you want that.
Whichever way is chosen, just make sure the cuts are measured appropriately to avoid your rail being off-balance or leaning.
To suit your taste, the blueprint can be changed a little bit:
- Additional equipped base plates: For sturdier grind rail
- Longer bar: For perform longer grinds but you need to add one extra leg to the middle of the major bar for more support
- Leg shortening: For beginners to practice grinding more easily.
Figure out how the components of the grind rail are welded together. I know that you’re new to this thing so, follow tightly these instructions below.
Remember, in this process, you need a welder (as a solid tool) and a grinder (as an optional) to smooth out the weld lines.
Assemble your materials to begin to weld. This step is quite easy since you just need to weld in 4 spots in which the feet and base meet, on either side.
Make sure to smooth down the welding seams across the highest point of your bar by a grinder. By this extra step, sliding off the rail ends will be easier.
That’s basically done a grind rail. But if you require more comfort and smoothness while performing tricks, it’s essential to design the skateboard rail a little bit. There are three suggestions:
- Add curved ends to the rail
- Built adjustable legs
After grinding, you will fall off the bar. To make it more comfortable, making curved ends to the rail is highly recommended.
Now, cut down at the middle a short piece of a similar steel pipe that you used in building the major rail bar. By this way, you can weld each of the pieces more easily on every end of the major bar. Take note to cut it at 30 degrees for the curved end.
This upgraded option is a bit more complicated so I only recommend for those who love working with metal and DIY. It’s optional, just a preference matter so, don’t force yourself if you actually don’t welcome it.
With regards to adjustable legs, the two legs now include two parts on either side. The smaller part will be appended to the major rail whilst the more intensive one will be welded with the foot base plates.
Take note of the capacity of the bigger leg parts to ensure they can slide over the smaller ones of the grind rail.
The most important step in this process is drilling holes across the legs. Don’t go for too many excessive holes because when attempting it, the bar will be raised too high to deliver instability.
Besides, ensure to measure the position of the holes on two parts of the legs so that you can get precisely the same holes in the same place.
Now, after finding the most suitable height for your taste, to maintain it, drive a nut and a long bolt into that hole. One last advice – don’t go for weak or unstable bolts unless you want it snapping.
That’s all for these instructions. I believe that as long as you abide by all steps listed above, learning how to make a skateboard rail can’t be easier. With a pipe, flat metal pieces, some welding tools, nuts, and bolts, you can have your rail that fits just right to what you need. Easy and economic, right?
Go get your friends and start practicing now. Have fun!