I previously made a street luge and instructable, however my previous design was not the best. It still worked pretty well and went fast on steep hills, but it was uncomfortable to ride and would not go very fast on less steep hills. I recently made a new street luge, and it works much better. It is much more comfortable to ride, and goes pretty fast on hills with a grade as little as 15 degrees. This instructable shows the new design and construction.
Step 1: Materials
You do not actually need that many materials for this project. basically so long as you have some wood and a skateboard you should be able to make it. Here are the materials I used:
-two pieces of quarter inch plywood measuring about 18" by 10" (adjust dimensions based on how big you are)
-one two by four that is about 24" longer than you are tall
-another piece of two by four that is about 18" to 24" long
-two skinnier long pieces of wood each measuring about 24" long (1/4 - 1/2 inch diameter pvc works just as well)
-an old skateboard or wheels and trucks off of a skateboard (if you could get these from a long board you would have a really good luge, but they tend to be expensive. I advise getting a cheap skateboard from wall mart, for trucks and maybe roller blades from goodwill for wheels.)
-fence screws long enough to attach two 2 x 4 s together
-other smaller screws
I also used these tools:
Step 2: Cut two by four and add the first support
The first step is to cut a 2x4 to be about two feet longer than you are tall if you have not already done so. Then you need to add some 2x4s to the back part to support the head/backrest. You want to get the head rest to be at about a 20 to 25 degree angle, so take one 2x4 about 18" long and screw it onto the main 2x4 a few inches from the back.