Picture of Wood frame flatbar by Jeff King – Built To Shred
Welcome to the Built to Shred trick tips. I'm Jeff King and I'm going to show you how to build a wood frame flatbar. One of the cool things about this particular prop is that is very easy to build. With just a few pieces of wood, a handful of screws and a piece of pipe, you will be shredding in no time!

Check out more cool thing to build and shred on Fuel TV's show "Built to Shred" airing Sunday's at 8 p.m. ET/PT. For more details please visit http://www.fueltv.com

Video of instructions: http://video.fuel.tv/services/player/bcpid9786084001?bctid=25855355001

Step 1: Tools/Materials

Tools you'll need: a drill, a circular saw & and that's it. If you have a jig saw it might help but not necessary

Materials youll need: 2 sheets of 3/4 ply, (5) 2x4x8's and (1) 9 piece of 2" pipe.

Step 2: Determine the height of your flatbar

You will need to cut out two of the same triangles based on this height, but remember to add the diameter of the pipe to the measurement. I chose 17" triangles, giving me a final height of about 16".

Step 3: Harvest your materials

Now that you've got your height, you should be able to start chipping away at your material list. You will need (3) 17"x 96" pieces of 3/4 ply and (5) 94-1/2 " 2x4's, about (20) 3' screws and (50) 2' screws. And to top it off, your 17"x17"x17"x 3/4 triangles - 2 of them.

Step 4: Start cutting

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It's not a bad idea to cut your triangles first, and then the 2x4's so that you can be more accurate with your assembly (in case my math is off somewhere...haha). Cut about an inch off the tops of your two triangles so your coping has somewhere to sit.

Step 5: Start framing

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Put your frame together using your triangles and 2x4's. The 2x4 placements should look something like the photo.

Step 6: The coping

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Think about the bump(see photo) that you want your coping to have once your side pieces of 3/4 is on. The half circle should be about an inch in.

Step 7: Coping install

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Using a 3/16 drill bit, drill 3 holes through the coping, all the way through. The first should be about 3" in from the end of the inside of the triangle, the next in the middle of the pipe and the last should be 3" from the inside end of the other triangle. Now go back and on the top of the coping, using a 7/16 drill bit, open up the holes on the top only. Now you should have a 7/16 hole on top and a 3/16 hole on the bottom. This should allow you to put a 3" screw through the top hole while only putting the body of the screw through the second hole.

Step 8: Sheeting the sides

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Now that you have your rail framed up, it's time to sheet the sides and bottom of it. Take one final measure to make sure everything is good and make your cuts. Install with your 2" screws every foot on every 2x4. Throw a little paint on there to customize it and it's time to rip!
benedict6883 years ago
the advantage of wood compared to metal is to make it easier to build, most skaters I know don't have welding equipment and know how to weld. If you've ever seen his show than you would understand too, its all about building with used materials, and basically just finding ways to skate anything.
Slayeroevil6 years ago
Thats not a flatbar...
yes it is a flate bar is a rectanguler metel bar hook it up
raibeart6 years ago
What is a flatbar when ?
a flatbar is exactly what it sounds like. a metal rectangular bar
skyrunner066 years ago
Its a Wakeboard/Wakeskate slider....
Focker6 years ago
Lol, this is for skateboarding, I saw it and was like, holy cow Built to Shred is on instructables? Love the show, but I must ask what the advantage is to a wood framed rail as opposed to metal?
fitojones6 years ago
What is it?
Ninzerbean6 years ago
And when he said "prop" I thought it was something for the movie industry. Anyway it looks cool and I actually love how so many sports, hobbies, games and such have their own language, it's fun.
l8nite6 years ago
ok... I was thinking shredding leaves or paper, I did eventually figure out what was going on (lol) It looks wellbuilt and heavy enough to not move when used
piks6 years ago
Hate to be dense, what does it do? What's it's purpose?
gmoon piks6 years ago
You're not dense--I fully agree. The word "skateboard" isn't used once in the whole project.

Personally, I think guitar when I read "shred..."
you can harsh grind on sick rails! (skateboard)