How to Build a Grind Rail for a Snowboard

How to Build a Grind Rail for a Snowboard
Snowboarding grind rails can be made out of a couple different materials, but the easiest way to build one on your own is by creating a box grind rail with simple supplies you can find at a hardware store. The ideal length of a box rail is about 16 feet.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure Drill Screwdriving bit At least 18 screws, about 1 inch long Two wood boards, 8 feet long, 10 inches wide, 1 inch thick Two wood boards, 8 feet long, 2 inches wide, 4 inches thick
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Screwdriving bit
  • At least 18 screws, about 1 inch long
  • Two wood boards, 8 feet long, 10 inches wide, 1 inch thick
  • Two wood boards, 8 feet long, 2 inches wide, 4 inches thick
Step 1
Figure out where you want the grind rail to go. It must be large enough to accommodate it (about 16 feet) and on even ground, such as a driveway or empty parking lot.
Step 2
Set flat on the ground one of the 8-foot-by-2-inch-by-4-inch wood boards, then on top of that set one of the 8-foot-by-10-inch-by-1-inch wood boards, centering the board on the bottom length-wise.
Step 3
Use the screwdriver to drill through the board on top straight through the thinner bottom board, securing it with screws. Use enough so that they fit together and don't move.
Step 4
Do the same process with the other two wooden boards, securing it with screws to make the smaller board on the bottom fit against the larger board on top firmly.
Step 5
Turn each set of boards upside down on the ground so that the 8-foot-by-10-inch-by-1-inch is flat on the ground.
Step 6
Set them up in the desired place to practice grinding. It would be ideal to practice with a skateboard if there isn't any snow, by setting up the grind rail against a wall and gaining speed as you approach it to grind. The thinner wooden board's edge is where you grind, with the larger bottom board acting as a support and giving you enough room between the ground and the snowboard.

Article Written By Lauren Wise

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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