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« on: January 03, 2012, 03:57:43 PM »

ok. i thought i'd start a build thread of sorts for my ramp. it started out as a simple 8' wide qp to pass the time in the winter.  well that idea quickly became a mini ramp. i built another tatching qp and tied them together with the top sheets as there was no framing for a flat bottom. basically it rode right on the garage pad. we diagonal mased it and i put some parking blocks on it for something different. 

that's where the name came from. everyone that came over to skate was intimidated by the big block and like we all know, everything in skating comes down to a mental thing, so the name stuck.  "The Mental Block".

i moved about 5 months after the original qp build and due to the ease of dis-assembly, i split the 2 qp's and moved them to my new house, where last month, i joined them back up.



my new garage is 24'x26' so naturally, we must build bigger!!  since it's still built on the pad floor, i decided that i would just start adding to the width, the same way as the original.  i will eventually overlap the plys to give it strength and rigidity, but as it sits now, it's solid as fuck!  my friend Rob and i have done all the work so far.

i'll let the pictures do the talking.








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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 04:04:07 PM »

we put in a good solid weekend of work to get it doubled. we also added an extension and decided to bowl the corner. 









my new garage has a furnace in it but it wasn't working.  most of my buddies i skate with are all tradesmen so with a little help, we replaced the gas valve and thermocoupler and got the heat working!

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 04:07:58 PM »

looks like good times.....
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 04:10:34 PM »

thanks bailgun!!!  fortunately, my dog wasn't much of a distraction lol!  i went to vegas for xmas so we took a week off working but we built the end qp and started on the corner over new years.  here's some more progress pics.










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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 04:13:35 PM »

here's where we are sitting as of today. 









and of course, break time.

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 04:23:25 PM »

oh ya!  here's the infamous mental block.  they are composite. one guy can easily toss a couple into the back of a truck.  i cut one of them in half to make a nice 11' stretch.  they grind awesome. 



the long 16' stretch will have regular steel coping and i'm planning on doing a pool style coping for the 4'/bowl section. 

i'm searching for some info in the DIY section here, but if anyone has some input for the pool coping, please feel free to contribute.  feedback is also welcome! 
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 04:55:49 PM »

RAD! good one Dan.

The last wooden bowl with pool coping I skated the builders predrilled the blocks and screwed them in. They are still there passing the test of time.

They didn't know angles (me neither) so they just went one brick at a time to figure out what angle to cut them at by eye.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2012, 09:00:58 PM »

did a little more work on it tonite. almost finished up the corner but my drill doesn't fit in the bottom. 





damn that looks nice!



and since we lost our path, i built a small ladder to get access to the construction zone lol.



gonna have to wait to put those bottom ribs in on the weekend when Rob brings his compact drill.  we are also going to start on the other corner, but have something else in store for it. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2012, 08:24:53 AM »

Nice work on the corners, looking good man.
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2012, 05:14:20 PM »

This is all more incentive to go out west. Ramp looks good Dan.
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2012, 09:20:52 PM »

The corner looks sick Dan! I'll try to make it by this weekend to help out.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2012, 10:40:35 PM »

^ oh sick! who's this newb!  tranny slayer Adam is on the boards!

thanks for the comments guys.  i was think about doing them one at a time like you suggested krusher but if i make 4 pieces for the corner, the angles should be the same as what i've used all along.

i'm hoping to pick up the steel coping this weekend.

and krusher is also killing it by putting this thread up on the netwerk blog. stoked!

http://blog.networkskate.com/2012/01/daily-diy_05.html
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2012, 10:24:52 PM »

feels like we've really made some progress.  the corner is finished. we added a few extra braces for support to it and it's not going anywhere.  should have a good top to deck it out.



tonite we attacked the other corner. i told you guys that i've got something else in store for it.  we built a flat bank.







the tall side make for a nice grind into the bank and we also made it so the lower side coping flows right into the flat bank. 



still waiting to find out about the steel coping and we are going to make some molds for the rest of the coping.  should be getting on to the sheeting tomorrow.  then i'm gonna have a masonite party where everyone  pitches for a sheet and brings a drill.  then we shred it. 

fuck i'm stoked to be updating this on the daily lol! not much longer.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2012, 09:10:08 AM »

Your ramp is officially radder then mine   Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2012, 04:48:51 PM »

Nice work dan!
Sorry I didn't check this earlier, but I wasn't on the internet for a couple weeks.
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