Wooden Ripstick Skateboard

I wanted to have a skateboard that worked like a Ripstick, so I decided to build one. Even after I built it, I still don't know how to ride it yet but I am still learning. I spent a lot of time in effort in the making of this Instructable and the video so I hope you enjoy and maybe even learn something.

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Step 1: Video

Here is a full tutorial video that I made. I recommend watching it rather than reading through the text. It is faster to watch the video and you can see the techniques that I used to build it.

Link for viewers on older devices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O2Bl1lO3IM

Step 2: Materials and Tools

For this project, you will need only a few tools and materials. It is made mainly of wood and hardware, but you could make it a lot fancier if you wanted.

- chopsaw
- jigsaw
- cordless drill
- hammer
- sandpaper or orbital sander
- wrench

- 2x8 pine board (2 feet should be enough)
- 1/2 inch plywood
- 3 inch long bolts (8)
- wood screws or long drywall screws (4)
- small drywall screws (8)
- 3 in. diameter castor wheels (2)
- 2 inch ball bearing
- pipe or shaft that fits bearing

Step 3: Two Bases

I made the two bases out of a large 2x8 board and drew out the pattern I wanted then darkened them with a Sharpie. I cut the pieces out with a chop saw and a jigsaw. After that, I sanded the faces with a random orbit sander. Remember to use the proper safety equipment when using these tools.

Step 4: Mounting Plates

I cut two identical rectangles from a piece of plywood and drilled a hole through the middle of both of them. Then I drilled two holes into the bases to line up the plywood with the bases using some drill bits. After that, I put four small drywall screws into the plywood to hold it in place so I could drill the holes for the bolts. I put some in construction adhesive then hammered in the bolts and tightened the nuts. Finally, I cut off the excess threads with a Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel.

Step 5: Bearing Flange/Holder

To make a bearing flange, I cut another small piece of plywood and traced the bearing onto it. I used a hole saw to cut out the rough shape and filed out the hole to size. To put the bearing into it, I placed the assembly into my bench vise and tightened it. Then I simply attached it to the base with two wood screws.

For the piece that holds the shaft, I cut a 2x4 into a triangle on the chopsaw, and drilled an undersized hole into it for the pipe to fit in.

Step 6: Castor Wheels

To mount the wheels, I simply drilled another undersized hole into the mounting plate and hammered the wheel into it.

Step 7: Final Assembly

To finish this project, I cut a length of pipe and glued all the pieces together with construction adhesive and wood glue. All I have to do now is learn how to ride it!

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    9 Discussions

    Ryan Whitsett

    2 years ago

    The wheels are not tipped so there will be no propulsion...


    5 years ago on Introduction

    How did this get into the remote control contest??

    Nice idea though, but on a real one the wheels are tilted backwards, and also it would make it easier for you if you added some kind of spring mekanism on the center pipe that will automatically level the two parts and keep them from rotating all the way around.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I have a real one and I can ride it and do tricks! NICE Instructable!


    5 years ago

    No not yet. I don't know how to ride it yet. Sorry.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is super cool and looks easy to build as well! Any video of you riding it?


    5 years ago

    Sweet! Two years ago I got one for my birthday (and I know how to ride pretty well) but I never thought you could make one! And mrandle the wheels on a real rip stick do rotate 360 degrees just fyi.


    5 years ago

    I think the castors have to be angled forward slightly and have something to stop them from rotating 360 degrees. That will make it much easier to go forward and give you better balance. Good luck, took me a few times to work properly!


    5 years ago

    I know right! I am trying to learn