How to Make a Snowboarding Railbox

How to Make a Snowboarding Railbox
The Snowboarding railbox serves as a fixture in freestyle parks at mountain resorts around the world. Comprised of a wood box with one or more metal railings for sliding on and performing tricks, snowboarding railboxes vary in size and skill level. The railboxes sit on the surface of the snow and are held in place by their own weight. These instructions will explain how to make a railbox that is 3 x 3 x 6 feet long and that has one metal rail slide. The dimensions can be adjusted to make railboxes of different sizes and shapes.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4 pieces of lumber 3 x 6 foot long 2 pieces of lumber 3 x 3 foot long Box of 3-inch long wood screws Electric drill 3 pieces of plywood 3 x 6 foot long 2 pieces of plywood 3 x 3 foot Metal pipe 3 inches in diameter and 6 feet long with 1-inch wide holes drilled through at 1-foot increments
  • 4 pieces of lumber 3 x 6 foot long
  • 2 pieces of lumber 3 x 3 foot long
  • Box of 3-inch long wood screws
  • Electric drill
  • 3 pieces of plywood 3 x 6 foot long
  • 2 pieces of plywood 3 x 3 foot
  • Metal pipe 3 inches in diameter and 6 feet long with 1-inch wide holes drilled through at 1-foot increments
Step 1
Place two of the 6-foot long pieces of lumber on the ground so that they rest on their short side and their long side is vertical. Place them parallel to each other and 3 feet apart. Place two of the 3-foot long pieces of lumber on the ground also on resting on their short side. Place one piece at either end of the two 6-foot long pieces to create a rectangular frame. Align the outside corner edges of all the lumber so that they are flush. Repeat the step to create a second rectangular frame.
Step 2
Attach the pieces of lumber forming each rectangular frame using the electric drill and the 3-inch screws. Insert two screws per corner, spacing them evenly apart and drilling them into place through the 6-foot long piece of lumber and into the 3-foot long lumber.
Step 3
Attach a 3-foot long piece of lumber to the outside corner edge of one rectangular frame. Place the lumber upright making the outside edges flush with the outside edges of the rectangle frame. Use the drill and two 3-inch screws to attach. Repeat step and attach a 3-foot long piece of lumber to each corner to create a 3-D rectangular box, that is missing one of its 3 x 6 foot sides.
Step 4
Place the remaining 3 x 6 foot rectangle frame into place so that it fits within the upright supports attached in Step 3 and in the same fashion as the other 3 x 6 foot frame. Attach using the drill and two 3-inch screws for each corner. You should now have a complete 3-D wood frame box.
Step 5
Attach the three sheets of plywood measuring 3 x 6 foot using the drill and 3-inch screws. Drill into place one screw at evenly spaced one foot increments. Attach the two 3 x 3 foot pieces of plywood to the ends of the box in a similar manner, thereby completing the wood box.

Tips & Warnings

 
Rub wax on the wood around the rail for increased sliding performance.

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