How to Make a Snowboard Box Rail

How to Make a Snowboard Box Rail
Snowboard grind rails are used for specific tricks, such as sliding across on the edge, in snowboarding, skateboarding and skiing. A snowboard box rail, wider than a flat rail, is the easiest kind of grind rail to make. The benefit to building your own box rail is that you can customize it to your needs and size. It only takes about an hour to build and will cost you less than $50. The ideal length of a box rail is about 16 feet.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Screwdriving bit
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 wood planks, 8 feet long, 10 inches wide, 1 inch thick
  • 2 wood planks, 8 feet long, 2 inches wide, 4 inches thick
  • Screws, 1 to 2 inches long, at least 16
Step 1
Lay one of the 8' x 2" x 4" planks underneath one of the 8' x 10" x 1" planks, centering it on the bottom length-wise.
Step 2
Use the screws and driving bit to drill through the top of the 8' x 10" x 1" straight into the bottom board. Use enough screws so that the two planks fit firmly together. You will probably need about eight screws to secure it.
Step 3
Repeat this process with the other 8' x 10" x 1" and 8' x 2" x 4" planks. Use the other eight screws to secure it, but use more if necessary.
Step 4
Flip both of the secured planks over so the 8' x 10" x 1" is on the ground with the smaller plank facing up. Sand any uneven or rough edges.
Step 5
Find a place on sturdy ground to set the rails up and practice grinding. The thinner plank edge is where you grind the bottom of the snowboard, so it needs to be facing up, while the wider plank is the bottom part of the grind rail, resting on the ground. The biggest problem you will have is finding a place to set up the grind rails, since they are each 8 feet long. Make sure they are out of the way of pedestrians, traffic and other activities. A driveway would work, as would a parking lot at a park.

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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