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DIY Skateboarding: How To Make A Manual Pad

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


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Manuals are a very good way to improve your overall skateboarding skills, muscle memory, and balance which are crucial for the practice of skateboarding, are you trying to learn how-to manual? You can basically do it anywhere, however, it is recommended to use the pad for 2 reasons:

1: It will help you gain and get a feel of jumping on and off an obstacle while doing a manual, which is a very stylish way to start or finish a trick

2: If you are doing in in an uneven surface, it is very possible for you to encounter an obstacle like a stone or a twig and fall on your ass, so the pad will really help you in this area to have more control while practicing the trick before you attempt it on the park or on the actual streets and end up getting hurt!

If you are just learning how to do a manual, please make sure to check our full article on this trick, this will give you all of the info you need to not only learn but perform better manuals!

Wanna learn how to make your own manual pad in the easiest/cheapest way? let’s dig into this SHIT®!

The wood and hardware can be found at your local Home Depot. Most of them carry the coping and threshold material.

Search online for the internet for steel fabricators or salvage steel. There are plenty that could meet your needs and at a very good price.

We also recommend pressure-treated lumber, paint, and a tarp to protect the wood and metal from rain and other weather conditions. You may want to invest in a protective material for the surface too. Try Skate Lite or Ramp Armor! Keep in mind that treated wood could contain chemicals with a poisonous pesticide.

Here is what you will need to build some sick SHIT!

  • 1 - 4x8, 3/4" plywood
  • 4 - 2x4's, 8' long
  • 3 - 2x6's, 8' long
  • 1 - box of 1 5/8" screws
  • 1 - box of 2 1/2" screws
  • 2 - 2x2, 1/4" angle iron



  • Tape Measure & Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Drill w/ philips bit
  • 1/16" drill bit

Okay my dude, now that you have all of your SHIT®, let’s build this thing!






 Learn How To Make a Manual Pad 

There you have it my dudes and dudettes, one of the easiest DIY projects you are able to pull off with a couple of hours work wich will assure you many more of skate fun!




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