How to Make a Snowboarding Rail

How to Make a Snowboarding Rail
Rail riding when snowboarding, just like any other trick, is all about practice. If you don't live next door to a ski resort, or don't have the money for a season pass, then building your own rail is a great way to get in plenty of practice without breaking the bank. Basic rails are easy to make, and the plans are easy to modify to different lengths or widths based on your riding style.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 10x2 wood 2x4 wood 1" PVC pipe Circular or hand saw Drill Wood screws Wood glue
  • 10x2 wood
  • 2x4 wood
  • 1" PVC pipe
  • Circular or hand saw
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
Step 1
Measure and cut both 2x10 and 2x4 to the desired length of your rail. Eight to 12 feet is a good length to work with, but you can make the rail as long or short as you want.
Step 2
Attach the length of 2x4, centered, to the bottom of the 2x10. A drill and wood screws are recommended for durability, but you could nail the pieces together if that is your preference.
Step 3
Measure and cut four lengths of the PVC pipe to the same length as your rail.
Step 4
Attach the PVC sections to the top of the 2x10. The pipe will provide a smooth slide along the length of your rail without abrasion to the rail or the bottom of your board.
Step 5
Set your rail on a base and you are ready to go! The base can be anything from another wooden construction to snow piles, as long as it supports the weight of the rail and rider.

Tips & Warnings

 
Adding a 10-inch PVC piece at each end can make your exit smoother. Sand the top of the rail, especially where holes were drilled, to keep the rail smooth and fast.
 
Adding a 10-inch PVC piece at each end can make your exit smoother.
 
Sand the top of the rail, especially where holes were drilled, to keep the rail smooth and fast.
 
Always wear proper safety equipment when working with power tools. Freestyle snowboarding is an inherently dangerous sport. Wear wrist guards and a helmet when attempting to ride your newly created rail.
 
Always wear proper safety equipment when working with power tools.
 
Freestyle snowboarding is an inherently dangerous sport. Wear wrist guards and a helmet when attempting to ride your newly created rail.

Article Written By Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.

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