flexiable wood

kyle_2008August 4, 2008

Is there any wood that will have stength and that will not crack ouder pressure and tention?

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Jon1270

You're gonna hafta be a bit more specific.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 6:27PM
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kyle_2008

The wood on my skate board ramp i have is starting to crack a little where there probly was a gap between the under sub layer of ply wood is there wood that will not crack like that and still be smooth and hard?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 9:10AM
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Jon1270

Oh, so you're not just looking for "wood," you're looking for plywood that is hard enough to withstand the impact of the skate board, strong enough not to break, yet flexible enough to bend into the curve, not to mention moisture-tolerant. Baltic birch comes to mind, though it's a specialty product that Lowes/HD won't have. If you can keep it dry, 1/4" masonite might work.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 11:06AM
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kyle_2008

I have heard that masanite will bubble and fall apart

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 4:48PM
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HandyMac

No, there is not a wood that will work on ramps or half pipes. Look at the link I included below----this is what will work the best.

Here is a link that might be useful: Skatelite

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 6:16PM
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kyle_2008

I have seen skatelite before and it is expencive or at least to much for my project i was looking for some thing that is less money the material dose not have to be that flexable its a mini ramp and there is no rool ins

    Bookmark   August 8, 2008 at 7:05PM
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HandyMac

The problem is that skateboard wheels are very small, meaning with a rider on the board, there is an emormous amount of pressure exerted on the skating surface.

I have seen ramps made by using 1/4" plywood---a couple of layers at a time. The top layer lasted less than a year with moderate use. The kids had to replace the top layer two or three times a year.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 8:59AM
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Jon1270

I'm with Handymac, kyle. The appropriate choice depends on more than your budget; it depends on how long you expect the result to last. You've already learned that lauan plywood is a poor choice. Other home-center materials might be better, but you'll have to think of even the best of them as temporary/disposable materials. Materials that might be durable enough to think of as permanent will be special-order items, and will be pricier. Reconcile yourself to either spending more or redoing the job periodically.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 9:51AM
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skanman14

just my own two cents

do it in layers, the wooden ramps you see at the x games are wood, but they are very large thick sheets that are sometimes covered with a marine grade polyurethane

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 2:11PM
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HandyMac

Look at the link I included below---it describes how the builder built the X Game ramps----top layer is Skatelite, not plywood!

Here is a link that might be useful: X Game ramp construction

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 5:32PM
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