Homemade Ripstik / Waveboard

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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!

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    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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    Holy...

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

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

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

    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

    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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    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.

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

    the footpads kinda remind me of kayaking paddles!

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

    what size pipe??

    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!!)

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

    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...

    i found one on craigslist for 15$