There are many ways in which skateboarding is superior to fingerboarding. With fingerboarding, you can’t feel the wind in your hair as you race downhill or the satisfying claps and cheers as you land a big trick.
But there is one area in which it is superior: the fingerboard park.
After all, unless you’re living in the lap of luxury, you probably don’t have the cash or the space to build your very own skatepark in your garage. You can’t craft a ramp from a little concrete and a few spare minutes. But with fingerboarding, you can do those things and so much more.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to create your own fingerboard park and obstacles, and if you’re not very hands-on, we’ll point you to the best retail options.
How Do You Make A Concrete Fingerboard Park?
Creating your own fingerboard park is much easier than you might think. To begin with, you will need some basic materials:
- A Wooden Base
- Ready-mix Concrete
- Skateboard Stickers
- Spray Paint
1. Step One: Prepare the Base
The first step is to create the base of your park.
For this, you will need a plank of wood shaped to the size that you want your fingerboard park to be.
Once you have the wood, you will need to glue some borders to the edges to create lips. the easiest way to do this is to trim a couple of inches from all sides of the wood, flip them, and nail/glue them back on. The end result should be a square/rectangle plank of wood with raised edges.
2. Make Your Ramps
Mark and cut the polystyrene blocks into the shape of kickers, ramps, and other obstacles. Cut them roughly to begin with just to get an idea of the shape, and then shave them and sand them to create the necessary slopes, curves, and other shapes needed for your fingerboard park ramps.
Glue the newly created “ramps” to your fingerboard park base. Make sure you lay them down to judge where they will go and how they will look before you use any glue.
Leave the glue to dry.
3. Add Concrete to the Ramps
Mix your concrete, grab a trowel, and layer the wet concrete onto the ramps.
Smooth the concrete with the trowel and/or knife.
Leave to dry.
4. Add Concrete to the Base
Place a thin layer of concrete over the base (the spaces between the ramps).
Leave everything to dry.
5. Sand, Paint, and Decorate
Your fingerboard park will look a little rough and dull at this point, but there’s a long way to go!
Give everything a once-over with some sandpaper and make sure you smooth out any rough parts. Once you’re done, you can start painting and adding some skateboard stickers, foliage, and other obstacles.
Get creative—you basically have your very own skatepark and complete freedom to graffiti it!
How Do You Make A Fingerboard Obstacle?
Whether you’re adding obstacles to your homemade park or just using them for quick practice, there are a few easy ways to get some authentic fingerboard obstacles without spending a fortune.
Idea 1: Handrail
Door and cupboard handles make great handrails. You can find these at your local hardware store or you can salvage them from scrap yards. Simply glue them to your park and you have a handrail that’s ready to grind!
Idea 2: Ramps
If you’re not keen on the idea of using concrete and creating a big fingerboard park, just reach for the hot glue gun, grab some cardboard, and get creative. You can make your own ramps by gluing pieces of cardboard together.
Idea 3: Wooden Walls
You don’t need to be too elaborate when it comes to fingerboard obstacles. If all you need is something to jump over, just grab a few pieces of wood and build your own little wall. You can paint it, cover it, or just leave it as it is.
Idea 4: Popsicle Sticks
Save your popsicle sticks and glue them together to create benches, boxes, crates, and other fingerboard obstacles. Benches can be tricky, but you can start with a simple box or crate and work your way up.
Fingerboard Parks You Can Buy
If you don’t have the time, patience, or DIY skills to make your own fingerboard parks, just put down the glue gun and grab your wallet for one of the following:
- TEENLEE Skate Park Kit: A simple little setup that features a rail, some stairs, a wall, and a ramp. It’s a compact unit that’s ideal for beginners getting to grips with fingerboarding.
- Skate Park Kit 8Pcs Bigger Finger Skateboard Ramp: A very affordable mini fingerboard park. In fact, when you see the price tag of this collection of ramps and rails, you’ll wonder why you ever contemplated making your own! It’s all plastic and you will need to assemble it yourself, but for $26, you can’t complain.
- Ultimate Finger Skateboard Ramp Set 23 Pieces: A much bigger and more complex fingerboard park that comes with 23 pieces in total, including ramps, kickers, and rails. It’s currently available for $45.
- Ideallife Skate Park Kit Finger Toys Skate: An 8-piece set that comes with boards, bikes, ramps, and rails. It’s not the highest quality but for a little over $20, it’s a bargain.
You may have noticed that these parks are quite cheap. In fact, some professional fingerboards cost 4 or 5 times as much as these entire parks. That’s because they are made using fairly cheap materials and, as a result, they won’t feel or look as good as more expensive options.
They probably won’t last as long, either.
They will still get the job done, but if you want something a little more premium, take a look at brands like Black River. They sell entire fingerboard parks for around $2,000. These parks are made to a much higher standard, use higher quality materials, and are all hand-finished, so you get what you pay for.
Fingerboard Obstacles You Can Buy
As long as you have a good park base, you can start investing in obstacles and gradually add them to your park.
It means that you’re still getting something that has a professional quality without spending huge sums in one go. The following fingerboard obstacles, for instance, are all very high quality and deserve a place in even the most premium parks:
- Broken Knuckle Fingerboards Short Rail With Pad: A simple rail and pad made in Connecticut by Broken Knuckle Fingerboards.
- Metal Fingerboard Rails (Large Straight) Handmade In The USA For Your Fingerboard Ramps And Parks: A large fingerboard rail. It’s like the door handles mentioned above, only it’s weighted so that it fits in your park without additional gluing or cementing.
- FLVFF Fingerboard Rail C: Curved rails that are available in a variety of colors and cost just under $20 each.
- EMA Ramps Fingerboard Round Rail: A simple but stylish rail made in the United States.
- Broken Knuckle Fingerboards SIXER Kicker: A cool wooden kicker with lots of good reviews and a modest $15 price tag.
- Broken Knuckle Fingerboards Basic Bench II: A simple but well-made bench.
Summary: Fingerboard Parks and Obstacles
Whether you’re a novice learning about this activity for the first time or an expert ready to step up, these fingerboard parks and obstacles will help you get more from your hobby.
It’s like creating your very own world of miniatures, one that you can tweak, change, and expand at will. But it’s also a world that serves a practical purpose and will greatly enhance your skills as a fingerboarder.