Introduction: Homemade Ripstik / Waveboard

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This is step by step instructable how to make a cheap ripstik-waveboard. The orginal one is more stiff but mine works well.

Step 1: Things You Need From the Hardware-shop

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- Two pipes: 30cm and 20cm
(one should fit in the other one)

- 4 pipe clamps with nuts and props

- 5 webs for handsaw

- 50x40cm pice of 12mm plywood

- 2 rotating furniture wheels

- anti-sliding tape

Step 2: Making Footpads

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Take the plywood, draw and cut 2 pads from it.
One sould be 30x20cm and the second one 40x20cm.
You can make any shape you want.

Drill 4 holes for the clamps in each.

Later you will drill 4 holes for wheels but not until you make wedge-support for wheels.

The photo was taken after painting

Step 3: Making Torsion-bar

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Take those 2 pipes.

Cut the thicker one in half.

Take the halfs and screw them to the board using the clamps

Step 4: Making Torsion-bar Spring

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Take 5 handsaw blades and cut them longways in half.

Take two pices of 5mm thick aluminium 10x30mm.
Drill 3 holes in each. Two 3mm and the middle one 2,5mm and make a thread for 3mm screw in it.

Screw those plates the the board just behind torsion bar

Put all of the torsion-bar parts together.

Put the handsaw blades inside the torsion-bar.

Mark where the holes for screws should be and drill them in the blade-halfs

Step 5: Wheels

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Take 2 pices of wood and using a hand saw make wedges.

They should be about 30 degrees. You can make it a bit more or less it wil change the way the board feels.

Place the wadges on the board and mark the places where you need to drill holes. Drill them. The wedges should point the same way.

Screw rotor wheels to the board.

Replace wheels with rollerblade wheels.

Step 6: Finish!

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Put everything together.

Stick anti-sliping tape on the top of the board

and you're ready to ride!


MakerBoysACE (author)2015-12-01


lhayden (author)2009-07-07

I'm making one but i modified it so i can use it on ice. i cut some ice skates up and put them on swivels

MakerBoysACE (author)lhayden2015-11-29


What's your brain like? Wow, I wish I thought of that.

shockhappy (author)2010-08-23

i really wanted to make one since i saw your instructible! so i did, its currently in the prototype stages im working on a second one i kinda changed the torision bar method cuz i couldnt find pipes that fit nicely, so after wasting 20$ on various plumbing junk, i soon ralized i couldve gotten something that worked for 5$ ... but it came together in the end! i am pleased! :)

MakerBoysACE (author)shockhappy2015-11-29

How did you add the torsion bar differently? I want to know because mine is also turning out the same way yours did.

cyclops0000 (author)shockhappy2010-08-31

where did you get those casters? i couldn't find anything that worked! what size caster is that?

shockhappy (author)cyclops00002010-09-29

theyre from home depot, the size is 4 inch, i had to cram the sides together, becausr they were too wide fort the wheels... its had to find casters that fit

Cubie2 (author)2011-04-26

I currently already have a ripstick but this has inspired me to make my own. It looks WAY nicer than the cheap plastic things they sell you at walmart. ;)

MakerBoysACE (author)Cubie22015-11-29

I agree. I am making a Ripstik with three wheels, though.

Where can I go to get appropriate casters? How can I tell that they will be sturdy, smooth, and sized correctly? What brand did you use here? What are there specs? Any problems with the ones you chose?

Any help appreciated! I am looking to make a caster board and am hoping to make it with about 100mm/100a inline wheels for speed and distance. I don't know where to start regarding the casters though.

colincraft10 (author)2014-12-21

what casters did you use, can you give me a link to order them online?

instruct39 (author)2011-06-24

the footpads kinda remind me of kayaking paddles!

bennyboy1507 (author)2011-06-24

This looks really cool, i do wanna try this, but i was a little confused on how you use the hacksaw blades.

xbox650 (author)2011-01-01

what size pipe??

xbox650 (author)2010-12-29

if i dont want to use saw blades, than what do i use that would last longer but still fit in the pipe.(and) wouldn't the little pipe rub real hard agents the in side of the bigger pipe piece? (i need to know!!)

LilPurpleCow (author)2009-05-19

How does it stay together, if the smaller metal pipe is inside the big ones? Is it screwed down or somthing? But if it was screwed it wouldn't spin, would it?

wolfsshade (author)LilPurpleCow2009-05-20

It doesn't fall apart because the saw blades (acting as spring) hold it together.

LilPurpleCow (author)wolfsshade2009-05-23

Oh, ok, although a saw blade sounds dangerous.. haha but the ripsik thing looks really cool, and this would probably save a lot of money, since they're like $70...

cheapest i think was $52

i found one on craigslist for 15$

vader406 (author)cyclops00002010-12-15

...but this looks so much cooler!

cyclops0000 (author)wolfsshade2010-08-31

i just bought some regular hacksaw blades from home depot. will 10 of those work instead of 5 thick hacksaw blades?

cyclops0000 (author)2010-08-31

is the aluminum bar necessary? or could i use wood?

01010110 (author)2010-06-21

I'm planning on doing this but I think i'll use steel sheet instead of saw blades. a bit more expensive but much more durable in the long run.

Friedo (author)2009-05-22

Excellent work bro! I've been thinking about the design for my waveboard(got a knockoff at CircleK :) and wanting to improve it, now you've made it so simple! Maybe I'll follow your example and put up an 'ible on how to mod one! Cheers!

DIY and STUFF (author)Friedo2010-06-17


koecke (author)2009-05-21

What is the purpose of cutting the hacksaw blades in half? Why not just leave them full width and stack a few more? Neat idea, thanks.

racastro62 (author)koecke2009-05-21

I can see two reasons: - The wider the blade, the bigger the pipe diameter. That means more dead weight (bigger clamps, etc.). - The torsion characteristics depend on: Blade's alloy, blade's width, blade's thick. When you make the blade less wide, this means the whole pack is more flexible (it accepts more torsion). Putting both halves makes it more resistant, but always flexible. Think about those blade springs used in cars (no torsion, but flexion).

DIY and STUFF (author)racastro622010-06-16

nvm bout exspensve

racastro62 (author)DIY and STUFF2010-06-17

Didn' understood your comment. Would you mind to write it using full words? I'm a (very) seasoned guy, and I don't send or receive SMSs in my mobile... Thanks a lot! :)

DIY and STUFF (author)racastro622010-06-17

nvm means never mind

DIY and STUFF (author)racastro622010-06-16

same here holy crap i didnt read yours till after i read his plus it would be less exspensive

macmccune (author)koecke2009-05-21

thats what i thought

winterflood_j (author)2009-07-16

Hi, Interesting torsion spring technique ! How did you cut the hand saw blades? The ones I know of (hack-saw blades, usually for cutting metal) are extremely tough (and brittle, they tend to snap if abused) -Jonathan

jamiespark (author)winterflood_j2009-09-26

i did this once but if u use wood ones and layer a bunch it works

sharlston (author)2009-09-04

the anti-slip tape is grip tape and the furniture wheels are casters other than that its a great ible

xerxesx20 (author)2009-09-03

Nice. I wonder if anybody else has made one, if I made one i'd use toilet seat/lid combos for a laugh.

itsthatguy (author)2009-08-29

I've been trying to figure out how to put some kind of binding system on my ripstick but the plastic ripstick skeleton is just too weak to support them but with the wood it would be so easy just to add some wakeboard bindings or attach some shoes thx soooooooooooooooooo much

boy9 (author)2009-08-19

I made one just like yours and it does not work. :(

Uni Spin (author)2009-07-14

can you put a movie to your great instr

Stoic0209 (author)2009-07-12

How smooth is the ride? What kind of size and hardness of wheel did you use? (I'm making one in the same manner, thanks for the Instructable!).

Kaiven (author)2009-05-21

Does it wobble? There were tons of kids on those when I was in Korea. I mean, TONS. No skateboards. You like, wobble back and forth to move.

bylerfamily (author)Kaiven2009-07-11

The ripstik was invented in Korea.

Kaiven (author)bylerfamily2009-07-11

Hahaha, That explains it.

bylerfamily (author)Kaiven2009-07-12

Yeah,then the guy sold it to a company in the US.

cyberowl (author)2009-07-11

Lol, everything is relative. I bought a waveboard yesterday. I know that I paid an expensive price, but I'm in Switzerland, so everything is more expensive. I paid U$ 164.-. Yeah, I know, it hurts. The funny part is that only waveboards from Streetsurfing for selling here. No ripstik or others. I would love for my next board to inspire my self from ur guide, but on other side will have to get the tools and a place to make it... but will keep this great guide in mind. Cheers

cristyrain (author)2009-07-09

In my area (California) a typical hacksaw blade is 12 mm wide. Cutting that in half, to less than 6mm makes for a pretty thin piece, so even stacking up 5 of them, I'm not real comfortable that with a hole drilled in it, that it will withstand the twisting. Since you (author) are quoting dimensions in milimeters, and referring to a "handsaw" blade, perhaps in your experience the blade you cut in half lenghwise is wider than 12mm. Please let me know the width of the handsaw blade, after it's been halved. I can then decide whether to use the full 12mm or cut it down. Thank you!

balio (author)2009-07-08

wow awesome!!

RedDiablo (author)2009-06-22

what are the five webs for hand saw

daninja (author)RedDiablo2009-06-30

I think he means hacksaw blades...

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