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How To Build A Simple Jib Box

Building your own snowboarding jib box is simpler than you think

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You don’t have to be on the mountain every day to improve your park riding skills, and believe it or not, there doesn’t even need to be snow on the ground. When you build your own jib box at home, you get access to all of the sliding and jibbing you please -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Practice makes perfect, so follow these steps to making your own simple, wooden jib box, and you can start working on your balance and jib techniques at home.

What You’ll Need:

  • Two pieces of wood -- roughly 45 centimeters long, 10 centimeters wide and 5 centimeters tall

  • One large piece of wood -- roughly 175 centimeters long, 10 centimeters wide and 10 centimeters tall

  • 8 nails -- 9 or 10 inches in length

  • Hammer

  • Sheet of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) -- at least 175 centimeters long (or the same length as the top of your box) and ⅜-inches thick

  • Tube of Liquid Nails

Building Instructions:

  1. Place the large piece of wood down on on a flat surface (a table, porch, or driveway, for example) and place the smaller pieces of wood (these will be your jib box’s supports) at each end of the larger piece, perpendicular to it, centered on it, and flush with the edge. The three pieces of wood should basically look like an uppercase ‘I’.

  2. Hammer four nails into each of the smaller pieces of wood where they overlap with the larger one. These nails will hold the smaller support pieces of wood to the large piece of wood you’ll be jibbing on.

  3. Flip your jib box over.

  4. Look over the boards thoroughly to ensure no nails are sticking out of the wood. Exposed nails can result in a lot of damage to your snowboard and can cause serious injuries if you fall. If there are, you will need to hammer them down and file them off.

  5. Cut the sheet of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to fit the top of the jib box.

  6. Apply “Liquid Nails” liberally to the underside of the HDPE sheet and the top surface of your wooden box (HDPE is the same material used on the jib boxes at your local mountain to help you slide across the surface easier).

  7. If you have clamps, clamp the HDPE sheet to the top of the piece of wood. If you don’t have clamps, place heavy objects evenly across the HDPE sheet to press it down onto the wood. Let it sit overnight.

  8. By the next day the the HDPE sheet should be secured to the top of your jib box and you can start jibbing!

Tips:

  1. If HDPE is too expensive for you, screwing small diameter PVC pipes side-by-side on the top surface of your jib box can improve your slide as well.

  2. It’s possible to slide on the bare wood surface of your box, but if you do you should use an older board, because the rough wood surface can damage the base of your board.

  3. Paint your jib box to make it unique and to help it stand out in the snow for night-riding.

Warnings:

  1. Do not build a jib box without the supervision and permission of an adult.

  2. Make sure your HDPE is set in place perfectly when you apply the Liquid Nails, because you won’t be able to reset it once it has dried overnight.

  3. Always wear a helmet when practicing tricks on your new jib box.

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