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When building a skateboard ramp, safety and fun should be your lead considerations, and if done correctly neither one has to negate the other. It is possible to build one that provides both. The length, width and height of your ramp are your next important factors. The amount of flat, transition length, platform depth, overall ramp height and the space you have to put the finished piece in must all be taken into consideration. For a half-pipe, about 17-18 feet in length is about right and about 8 feet wide is the minimum. Most importantly though is planning and patience. Spending too little time and too much money is not cool, and will not get you something you can be proud of.