Step One: hear boyfriend casually mention how he always wanted a box made out of real, actual, wood. Think to yourself “Huh…how hard could that be to build?”

Step Two: google “how to build box for skateboarding?”

Step Three: consult his friends to confirm that this is something he would actually like, upon said confirmation ask your dad if you can use his power tools and carpentry expertise.

Step Four: Lie to boyfriend that you have to spend the day with your mother’s family so he won’t be suspicious that you’re not spending a weekend day together. Recruit boyfriend’s roommate to get him out of the house for the day.

Step Five:

Bring your money to this lovely orange institution. Buy: plywood, 2x4's, masonite, aluminum coping, and screws.

Bring your money to this lovely orange institution. Buy: plywood, 2×4’s, masonite, aluminum coping, and screws.

Step Six:

*help* your dad load the rented uhaul cargo van that you can't really reach the pedals of....

*help* your dad load the rented uhaul cargo van that you can’t really reach the pedals of….

Steps Seven through Sweaty, Sawdusty Completion:

Hand saw n stuff.

Hand saw n stuff.

Beginnings of the kicker, Sam really loves Maverick and me, we know this because he dragged himself out of bed on a sunday morning to go outside in the cold to help help build stuff for his birthday.

Beginnings of the kicker, Sam really loves Maverick and me, we know this because he dragged himself out of bed on a sunday morning to go outside in the cold to help build stuff for his birthday.

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Oh hey! Lookit! It's a kicker. Maybe the most difficult part was sawing the triangle shape of the top of the ramp. I say this as if I know anything about carpentry and was doing anything other than holding screws and drills etc.

Oh hey! Lookit! It’s a kicker. Maybe the most difficult part was sawing the triangle shape of the sides of the ramp. I say this as if I know anything about carpentry and was doing anything other than holding screws and drills etc. Also note how Dad has a pencil behind his ear because he is too legit to quit.

Kicker, now with masonite for nice smoothy smoothness.

Kicker, now with masonite for nice smoothy smoothness.

Now they start on the box. We notice after making the initial frame that something is a little wonky with the 2x4s. There is much pow-wowing about how to proceed. I am frantic at this point.

Now they start on the box. We notice after making the initial frame that something is a little wonky with the 2x4s. There is much pow-wowing about how to proceed. I am frantic at this point.

Sam's having fun! Also, its starting to rain in this picture. I start freaking about the wood getting wet. "TREES GET WET, SISTER" says Sam.

Sam’s having fun! Also, its starting to rain in this picture. I start freaking about the wood getting wet. “TREES GET WET, SISTER” says Sam.

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Dad is more dependable than the mailman, through rain or sleet etc.

Dad is more dependable than the mailman, through rain or sleet etc.

Having an argument about something while I fret inside with Barney.

Having an argument about something while I fret inside with Barney.

HEY it's a box!

HEY it’s a box!

Shortly after this Sam and I loaded all of the stuff into the Uhaul van and shakingly started off toward Maverick’s apartment to unload it. All in all the whole process took from roughly 10am to 4pm.

Here are links to the blueprints we used, just in case you have an awesome skater boyfriend like mine 🙂

http://www.diyskate.com/kicker_01.html

http://www.diyskate.com/ledge_01.html

It was very well worth it <3

It was very well worth it ❤ He was very surprised and I was very relieved and now I can’t wait until the weather is warm enough for him to actually try it out!

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