Picture of Skateboard, BMX, RC Ramp
This instructable will show you how to make a simple kicker / launch style ramp that can be used for a variety of wheeled hobbies, including but not limited to:

Skateboarding / Rollerblading
BMX / Biking
RC Cars & Trucks

I'll be using this ramp for BMX and RC cars so it needs to be strong enough for the heavy BMX

This instructable doesn't include diagrams or direct plans because I designed it as I went along, you will be able to do this to make the ramp specific to your needs.

I made this ramp over 2 days, it doesn't take that long but I spread it out, you'll notice the pictures get darker as the first day progresses.

This is my first instructable, so be nice :D
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Step 1: Making the shape

You can use any wood or thickness you like, though I've found most of these small ramps are made of plywood, for the sides.

I'm using 18mm plywood that I had lying around, you can use thicker or thinner, though I wouldn't go less than 18mm if you plan on using a bike or board on it, rc cars can cope with a lot thinner.

After you've found some wood, cut it into a rectangle, make one side the length you want the ramp and make the other side as high as you want it.
psmurf564 months ago
Great instructable! One comment coming from literally years of experience building launch ramps like this, instead of putting the cross members or 2x4s horizontally put them vertically (rotate 90 degrees on edge) this makes them much stronger and less probability of breaking.
rhett59 months ago
the wood looks rotted on the first pic. otherwise looks great!
Enzoloco2 years ago
I have a slash too I think that is the car that you have I also have a rustler and a ton of other cars too. Great instructions by the way.
I need to know how to make a decent ramp with ought blowing a ton of money
Can we get some action shots? Nice instructabel!
sladek (author)  the_burrito_master4 years ago
Sure can

Aron313 sladek2 years ago
nice. Do it with a bike!!!!!!!!!
anton94083 years ago
cindy7773 years ago
I just wanted to say great instructions. My 6yr. old son and I just finished building his bike ramp. Now I'm the best Mom.
sushinoms4 years ago
Awesome job with this post; I simply love it. I've made several ramps for my cousins who are majorly into skating and they've loved it. Thanks for posting this, it's helpful!.
how much did this project cost? ¥₧ƒÜ♠☺☻
sladek (author)  dragonsniper4 years ago
The piece of wood for the top cost me £8 from homebase. The triangular side parts were taken from a skip, so were free. The beams of wood that hold it all together cost about 40p a metre from B&Q. Skips are a great source of wood, just check with the owner. Builders are often happy to let you have contents of the skip because they pay a lot of money for the disposal of its contents, so you're saving them money by taking stuff out.
lee_schnitz4 years ago
If you put extend the base, you will be less likely to tip it when you use it.

Nice job!

How tall is it?
motadacruz5 years ago
Nice one!
I made these ramps just like this back in the days, real fun to make and to use :)

You can also make it more steep and put a small backplate on it. Then put it all against the wall and you have a nice small quarter-pipe.

Great instructable dude!
sladek (author) 5 years ago
Thanks to


for the following tip:

Mount the struts tall-ways instead of side-ways as I've done here.

While they'll work as-per-instructable, if they are rotated 90 degrees, they're much much harder to bend

Joeduke5455 years ago
thats very cool ... I made one and it works . I still have to tweak it though because it is slightly warped
floris_ampe5 years ago
when i see this it reminds me to my childhood making ramps en funboxes all the time , your ramp would be more solid if you screw the bars sideways trust me !
like this
blam725 years ago
 Nice instructable.  Thanks for sharing your work. 
frollard5 years ago
Very good writeup!

A lot of kids I see these days making ramps just...don't get it.  Build it right the first time, protect it, treat it well, and it will last forever!
SinAmos5 years ago
Oh, my childhood.  The days I had launching my skateboard on 5th Street, chanting some thing about "light as a bird, feather in my ear."
Salsa7665 years ago
 well done good instructable