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Helpful Hints:

1. If this is your first ramp, keep it simple. A quarter-pipe or small launch ramp makes a good first project. Then you can add on.

2. Be resourceful. If you don't have access to many tools, try to borrow some. If you can't afford wood, scrounge for some scrap wood.

3. Platform ramps and wood curbs are big again, and they're pretty easy to build. To ensure good design and durability, experiment on paper before you slap something together.

4. If you have nowhere to keep a ramp permanently, consider building a few compact, portable ramps to bring to your favorite weekend spots.

5. Make sure your design is adequately braced under the top sheet, so you don't fall through the ramp (which I've seen happen).

6. For portable ramps, wheels or handles can be attached for easier transport.

7. Two small curved ramps, built to fit flush with the wall, can be spaced apart for a gnarly channel-wall ride set-up!

8. For extra kick on quarter-pipes, "obtain" a slick parking block and place it atop the ramp, for big rock-and-rolls and lapover tricks.

9. Most of all, experiment, try new things and have fun with your ramp. Always wear pads when learning to ride a ramp and don't snake runs in front of your friends. Good Luck!