The snowboard season is officially started and you want to enjoy it more often than just on the weekends? Build your own DIY jib set up and the problem is solved! In front of your house or at the local park, you will be able to spend hours practicing your moves without the cost, the travel and the crowd of the mountain.
Find your terrain
Before you start building your obstacle, you obviously need to find a good location to set it up. Do not neglect this step, because a rail that’s too big for the required speed does not work. Same thing for a set up that’s too small for the speed you have. Take time to estimate the measurements of your central obstacle (in our case, 10 feet long) and plan enough space for your setup to be as fluid as possible.
You basically have two options: find a slanted spot that will give you enough speed for your obstacle or choose a flat surface on which you will shovel your own "starter". So far, not too complicated.
Build your DIY rail
This is the most crucial step of the process. It's up to you to decide what kind of obstacle you want depending on what you think you can build. If, like us, you don’t want to spend too much time and money, but want a fully functional obstacle, here's an effective and cheap way to build a solid rail in a couple hours with the tools you already have at home.Tools:
- A saw
- A measuring tape
- A drill with drill bits
- A roll of Duct tape
- A box of 2" screws
- 3 x 10 feet long PVC tubes, 1" width.
- 2 x 8 feet long 2x4s
- 2 x 10 feet long 2x4s
*** Always make sure to drill the holes for the screws before you start screwing the parts together. It will prevent the wood from cracking and will give a longer life to your rail. ***
Step 1: Cut the first 8' 2x4 into 4 2' sections.
Step 2: Cut the second 8' 2x4 into 4 1' pieces.
Step 3: Cut the remaining 4' of 2x4 into 8 pieces that form right anglesStep 4: Evenly space out the 4 1' pieces vertically and lay one of the 10' 2x4s on top. Screw each of the pieces in so that they are secure.
Step 5: Lay the three pieces of PVC pipe on top of the mounted 2x4". Tape the three pieces together tightly so that they are evenly spaced along the whole 2x4.
Step 6: Flip the rail upside down and measure out where the center of the pipes are. You are going to screw up through the bottom of the rail into the PVC to mount it. Drill sets of 3 holes at every foot ½ for the entire length of the rail.Step 7: Go back and put a screw in each hole. Make sure that the pipes are flush with the 2x4 when you screw them in. To make sure everything stays in place, put the rail on the ground and apply pressure with your foot while screwing it in.
Step 8: Mount the second 10' 2x4 on the bottom of the vertical spacers to obtain a full rectangle structure.
Step 9: Space out the 4 2' sections of the 8’ 2x4 you cut earlier and mount them on the bottom of the rail.
Step 10: Remember the right-angle pieces you prepared earlier. Screw the right angles on each side of the legs to increase your rail’s solidity. You want to make sure the thing will last at least one season.