Building a skate box is easy.
Every beginner skateboarder should learn how to build a manual pad or grind box, like the one built in the photos below.
When building this box, to make it as easy as possible for you, use the ideas you see in the side-notes. Otherwise, be prepared to have the tools and possible help needed for the job.
Here is the list of tools used for this project:
- Cordless Drill w/ Steel Drill Bits
- Measuring Tape
- Chalk Line
- Skill Saw
- Grinder w/ Zip Cut
The box in the photos is 5' long x 1 1/2' wide x 12" high. To build a skate box this size, keep reading. Everything is listed below.
Build a Grind Box Video
Material Cut List
Here are the materials you will need:
- Four 2x4's cut at 5 feet
- Four 2x4's cut at 1 foot 6 inches
- Four 2x4's cut at 12 inches
- Four 2x4's cut at 15 1/4 inches
- Two angle irons cut at 5 feet
- Handful of 2 1/2" screws (preferably)
- Some 1 1/2 inch deck screws
What I used for angle iron was from an old steel bed frame. If your lucky someone you know is throwing out an old bed. Ask around. If that doesn't work, you best bet would be asking some local steel shops for scrap metal.
If you do have a bed frame but you don't have a grinder with zip cut attachment, you could also visit a local steel shop and ask them to cut the angle iron down to size.
Angle iron rails are as long as your box (5' according to plan).
When building this box use screws. Nails won't hold it together long term. Screws tend to keep things together longer, so if you have them, use them!
How To Build A Skate Box
Make It Happen!
Get together all the tools and supplies you need. You want to have everything in front of you and where you need it.
In the picture to the side, you'll see the bed frame angle iron pieces.
Some have legs to them and need to be cut off. That's what the grinder with zip-cut attachment is for. It is possible to have bed frame angle irons without legs attached to them. Hopefully, that's the case for you.
The angle irons used were a bit too long so they had to be zip cut, as well. Then use the buffing pad attachment to buff the edges of your rails so they aren't sharp.
Ask an adult to help you cut pieces if you've never used a saw or zip cut before. It's important to be safe throughout this entire process.
If you're experienced enough to do this on your own, be sure to wear safety google, gloves, and ear plugs. Protect yourself.
Tools You Should Have:
You could obviously substitute a cordless drill for an electric drill, and I would actually recommend it if you're cutting through thick metal when drilling holes in the angle iron.
You want to have two different sizes of drill bits:
- One big enough for the screw to fit
- And one that bigger than the head of the screw
We'll get into this later...
Ok, Let's Get Started!
The first thing you could do is cut four 2x4's at 5 foot. These are your side pieces. Then cut four 2x4's at 1 foot 6 inches. These will be your front and back pieces.
Then, cut four more 2x4's at 12 inches. These are the legs for your box. And lastly, cut four 2x4's at 15 1/4 inches. These are your middle supports.
Put It Together
Once you've got all your pieces cut, you can go ahead and put your box together.
You should be able to tell by looking at the picture above how I put mine together. It's pretty simple and basic.
After you've got the entire frame put together, you're going to want to put supports in for the top...
Put in enough supports to actually support you when you're olling onto the box. I only used 1/4 inch plywood sheet, but thicker wouldn't be a bad idea.
Measure out your supports. Make sure they are all equally spaced out. Screw them in and let's move onto the plywood!
Cut the plywood sheet as wide and as long as your box -- 5 foot by 1 1/2 foot.
This is where having a chalk line comes in handy. Use it, especially when you're screwing the plywood down.
Once you're done with that, it's time to screw the angle irons in place...
What To Do:
Put at least three screws in one each angle iron -- one on each end and one in the middle.
Now that that's done, the only thing left to do is skate it!
P.S. If you found this Hub to be useful then could you please rate this hub a thumbs up and leave a comment. I'd appreciate it.
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theycallmebatman on December 14, 2012:
uhm i think your missing a few 2 x 4's on that materials list. You never included the 4 holding the width of the the 5 footers together..
Billy (author) from CANADA on May 01, 2012:
Awesome! That's what I like to hear :)
Aiden on April 16, 2012:
Thank you. I build this exact box in construction and it turned out perfect.
alexx on August 28, 2011:
This is so awesome i just finished mine all i need is the angle iron from the store.
Scrap Metals on July 15, 2011:
wow! i agree with you zakk i will definitely make this box at home. i have my scrap metals and maybe i can use that scraps to make this wonderful box.
Zakk on June 11, 2011:
Definitely will make this box thanks for the tips. Also, at home depot you can get the angle irons for like 8 bucks
sk8r4lifeisjb on April 23, 2011:
so sick descripiton i went out today and got all the materials for it carnt wait to try my new trick(back smiths)
Some Guy on February 15, 2011:
If you make the box as shown it will be longer than 5 feet due to the 2x4s attached to each end of the 5' 2x4s. This will mean your angle iron coping will need to be about 5' 3" . Also, there is more wood in the finished product than on the materials list and in the beginning photo. Probably adding the supports to the top.
steezy90 on January 03, 2011:
i jus built mine today took me about two hours incloodin goin to get material great notes on how to build. got back lip second try perfect hight to learn harder tricks
v on January 02, 2011:
nice i liked the section on the iron angle really helped
kjikhnujnj on December 22, 2010:
why dont u just screw 2 wooden pallets together and put the angle iron on
JKing95 on December 02, 2010:
then wouldn't it move?
Jmez on November 15, 2010:
hey were did u get the iron angles?
and they dnt look super smooth in the picture,
is it ok if they're a little rough to the touch?
Zahid Ahmed on October 14, 2010:
Proper Instructions! Me and my pals are planning to build this, about how much all of this will cost without the drill?
jay on October 11, 2010:
sick im gonna build this
jmt123 on September 18, 2010:
nice box design. you build your boxes exactly how build mine! check out my design a skate deck hub hubpages.com/hub/Design-A-Skateboard-Deck
Never_Forget on August 17, 2010:
Great hub, great pics, excellent detail! Voted up and an "awesome" rating
shake on July 02, 2010:
awesome thank you
Zreeves11 from Kent on April 26, 2010:
Yes mate that was super info i built one before but it was rubbish your guide is fantastic
Billy (author) from CANADA on December 29, 2009:
Try getting it for free at construction sites or ask around. I'm not sure how much it would cost. Probably not more than $80.
Havok on December 24, 2009:
i wanna build it. how much is all the wood gonna be?
Ryan on November 26, 2009:
Thanks a lot!
trying to find all the pieces for it now found pretty muck all of it in my shed
Billy (author) from CANADA on November 26, 2009:
It's a box that can be used for skateboarding, rollerblading, and even BMXing. "Skate" is short for skateboarding and this is what this box was meant for.
I'm going to upload a video of me using this box soon.
Betty Reid from Texas on November 25, 2009:
What is a skate box?
Billy (author) from CANADA on November 23, 2009:
I just want to say that for ME this box was free. You might not be as lucky to find this in your yard, so what I suggest is that you go to a construction site and ask for some scrap wood. And you could also go to your local steel shop and ask for some corner rails too.
Drkdragonblaster on November 18, 2009:
haha all i have to do is screw in more nails for more support but overall it is finished thank you
Billy (author) from CANADA on November 17, 2009:
Cool. What do you have left to do?
Drkdragonblaster on November 16, 2009:
Thanks dude.im almost done making one of these from this tutorial
LazarDRod on November 14, 2009:
Well done! I may just build one of these...
tucker on November 09, 2009:
im probobly going to build one
Matthew on November 08, 2009:
NICE! I'm gonna build this soon and post results on my youtube page!!! :)