How To Make a Snowboard Rail for $30

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This rail cost about $30 to make (the wood and PVC was $25, and we just used screws we already had, so I’m just adding 5 bucks on to that).

It took about 45 minutes from start to finish, but as you can see in the video, we had a sick setup (my dad’s warehouse).

What you need to build the rail:

  • (1) 12′ 2×4
  • (1) 8′ 2×4
  • (2) 10′ 2x4s
  • (4) 10′ PVC pipes. I think we used 3/4″ diameter. When lined up next to each other you they should be about 4.5 inches wide
  • A strip of plywood about 4.5″ wide, 10′ long
  • Screws

Step 1:
Cut the 12′ 2×4 into six 2′ long pieces.

Screw these together so you have 3 “T” shaped legs.

Step 2:
Cut the 8′ 2×4 into six 16″ long pieces.

Then you will need to make 45 degree cuts on both ends of the 16″ pieces. These will be used for braces on the legs.

Screw 2 braces to each “T” shaped leg.

Step 3:
Stand all three legs up, even spaced so they span 10 feet.

Screw the 10′ 2x4s to the legs (one 2×4 on the left side of the legs, and one on the right). Clamps will come in handy here.

Step 4:
Screw the strip of plywood to the top of the 10′ 2x4s. This plywood is what you will be screwing the PVC pipes into.

Step 5:
Drill out holes in the top of the PVC pipes. The holes need to be just big enough so that a whole screw can go through them. DO NOT DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

Once you have the top holes drilled, switch to a smaller drill bit. You will need to drill through the bottom of the PVC pipe so it doesn’t crack when you screw it to the plywood.

Step 6:
Screw the PVC pipes to the strip of plywood.

When they are all screwed in, you might want to quickly sand the holes in the PVC pipe, just so you don’t catch an edge on them. You also might want to sand/round off the pipes where you will be riding onto the rail. I didn’t do this and one time I accidentally hit the end of the pipes and it gouged my snowboard all the way to the core.


Find a hill and go shred!

Snowboard Rail

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  1. Matthew Thompson
    October 18, 2013, 3:13 am

    Great video and text instructions. Im going to build this during the fall so i can brin git to my local park in the winter. Im so excited. This look very professional and thank you for makin the instructions so easy to follow. Thank you very much.

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