Build your own balance board for balance training at home
- Cost< 42 £
- Duration1-3 h
A balance board can be used to train your sense of balance, coordination skills and responsiveness, among other things. You can use it to do a wide range of exercises to train your body stability and body tension at home at any time. We’ll show you how you can build your very own board in just a few simple steps.
- ear protectors
- face mask
- drinking glass
- piece of string/cord
- pocket rule
- safety glasses
- Birch plywood board (18 mm thick): 1x 600 x 400 mm, 1x 300 x 300 mm
- Grip tape
- Oil for sealing
- Screws (approx. 60 mm in length)
Let's go - step by step
Sketch the rounded corners of the standing platform
You need: drinking glass, pencil, wooden board (600 x 400 mm)
The very first thing you will need to do is get a wooden board (600 x 400 mm). You can get one that has been cut to size at your local DIY store, or you can saw it yourself.
You should round off the corners of the large standing platform to give your balance board a high-quality finish. Simply mark out the curves with the aid of a drinking glass.
Round off the corners using a saw
Round off the four corners using a jigsaw and a fine jigsaw blade. Clamp the board securely and make sure to take sufficient measures to protect yourself.
Draw a round shape for the bases of the balance board
You need: pocket rule, pencil, circle/rope/string/piece of wood, wooden board (300 x 300 mm)
Now you will need a second wooden board, from which you will saw both of the rounded bases for your balance board.
The bases are two semicircles. Take a rough measurement of the centre of the wooden board and draw a circle with a diameter of 300 mm using a compass to mark out its size.
Measure 80 mm above and below the edge of the circle and transfer these measurements.
You can find the measurements and lines in the diagram .
Saw the bases of the balance board
Now saw out the two semicircles from the wooden board using a jigsaw. Begin at one corner of the board and guide it along the line of the circle to do so. Saw only half of the circle first before sawing along the straight edge. Repeat the same process on the other side.
Make sure to also clamp the board using G-clamps and bear safety measures in mind.
Mark the holes for the screws
You need: pocket rule, pencil, sketch
In the next step, both bases are placed in the correct positions on the standing platform.
You will now have to transfer different measurements and mark them to find the correct position for the bases and the appropriate holes for the screws. You will be able to find the exact measurements in the diagram .
There should be six holes for screws on the top side of your board at the end of this step.
Position the bases
You need: pocket rule, pencil, g-clamps
As the bases will of course be screwed to the underside of the board, you will now have to transfer your markings to the other side of the board.
Then, position the first base with the correct distance to the edge and secure it using a G-clamp.
Drill the holes
Now turn over the standing platform together with the securely clamped base. Place the board on your work surface so that the base on one side hangs over it and the board lies flat. Make sure it is clamped securely.
Drill the holes for the screws on the marked positions.
Then, countersink the pre-drilled holes using a countersink cutter.
Screw the bases to the platform
You need: Cordless Drill, g-clamps, 60 mm screws, optional: wood oil
Have you managed to drill all the holes? Then it’s time to screw the base to the platform using 60 mm screws.
When the first base has been screwed securely, you can repeat steps 7, 8 and 9 for the second base.
If you like, you can also varnish your new piece of training equipment.
Affix the grip tape
You need: scissors, grip tape
If you would like a better grip on your board, we recommend that you attach a strip of self-adhesive grip tape 25 mm from the edge of the board. You can get this tape in strips from your local DIY store.
You have now completed the DIY part of your mission to do more exercise. Now you have no reason not to work out. We hope you have a lot of fun practicing your balance exercises and working up a sweat!