Introduction: Homemade Ripstik / Waveboard

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

- 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

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

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

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

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!

Put everything together.

Stick anti-sliping tape on the top of the board

and you're ready to ride!

Comments

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MakerBoysACE made it!(author)2015-12-01

Awesome

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lhayden made it!(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

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MakerBoysACE made it!(author)2015-11-29

Holy...

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

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shockhappy made it!(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! :)

The Prototype Completed.jpg
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MakerBoysACE made it!(author)2015-11-29

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

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cyclops0000 made it!(author)2010-08-31

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

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shockhappy made it!(author)2010-09-29

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

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Cubie2 made it!(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. ;)

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MakerBoysACE made it!(author)2015-11-29

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

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ronnieandheather.edwards made it!(author)2015-05-05

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.

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colincraft10 made it!(author)2014-12-21

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

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instruct39 made it!(author)2011-06-24

the footpads kinda remind me of kayaking paddles!

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bennyboy1507 made it!(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.

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xbox650 made it!(author)2011-01-01

what size pipe??

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xbox650 made it!(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!!)

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LilPurpleCow made it!(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?

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wolfsshade made it!(author)2009-05-20

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

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LilPurpleCow made it!(author)2009-05-23

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...

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DIY+and+STUFF made it!(author)2010-06-17

cheapest i think was $52

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cyclops0000 made it!(author)2010-08-29

i found one on craigslist for 15$

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vader406 made it!(author)2010-12-15

...but this looks so much cooler!

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cyclops0000 made it!(author)2010-08-31

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

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cyclops0000 made it!(author)2010-08-31

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

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01010110 made it!(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.

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Friedo made it!(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!

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DIY+and+STUFF made it!(author)2010-06-17

CircleK?

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koecke made it!(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.

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racastro62 made it!(author)2009-05-21

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).

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DIY+and+STUFF made it!(author)2010-06-16

nvm bout exspensve

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racastro62 made it!(author)2010-06-17

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! :)

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DIY+and+STUFF made it!(author)2010-06-17

nvm means never mind

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DIY+and+STUFF made it!(author)2010-06-16

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

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macmccune made it!(author)2009-05-21

thats what i thought

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winterflood_j made it!(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

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jamiespark made it!(author)2009-09-26

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

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-09-04

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

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xerxesx20 made it!(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.

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itsthatguy made it!(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

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boy9 made it!(author)2009-08-19

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

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Uni+Spin made it!(author)2009-07-14

can you put a movie to your great instr

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Stoic0209 made it!(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!).

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Kaiven made it!(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.

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bylerfamily made it!(author)2009-07-11

The ripstik was invented in Korea.

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Kaiven made it!(author)2009-07-11

Hahaha, That explains it.

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bylerfamily made it!(author)2009-07-12

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

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cyberowl made it!(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

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cristyrain made it!(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!

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balio made it!(author)2009-07-08

wow awesome!!

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RedDiablo made it!(author)2009-06-22

what are the five webs for hand saw

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daninja made it!(author)2009-06-30

I think he means hacksaw blades...

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