Plyometrics box: Boost your jumping abilities with this DIY wooden box
- Cost< 42 £
- Duration3 - 8 h
Jumping abilities and sprinting speed are of immense importance in many sports. The best way to train these muscles is to do plyometrics training. A plyometrics box to jump on and off is a must if you are interested in doing this type of exercise. We’ll show you how to build a wooden plyometrics box in a few simple steps. Plus – once you’ve finished your workout, you can also use the box as storage space for smaller items of gym gear!
- round shape (e.g. plate or glass) or compass
- ear protectors
- face mask
- work gloves
- wood glue
- safety glasses
- 4 wooden slats (squared timbers) 20 x 20 mm and 1,500 mm each
- Birch plywood boards (15 mm): 2x 600 x 470 mm, 2x 370 x 470 mm, 2x 400 x 600 mm
- Wood oil
Let's go - step by step
Cut the squared timbers to size
You can build your plyometrics box in any size you like. In the following steps, we will explain how to build the larger of the two wooden boxes shown in the pictures.
You will need six boards in total. You can saw them yourself to the given measurements yourself get boards of the right size from your local DIY store.
Squared timbers will be installed on the inside of your box to give it extra stability. To make these, get four additional wooden slats and saw them to the following measurements: 4x 470 mm, 4x 528 mm, 4x 338 mm.
Sand down the cut edges of the squared timbers after sawing them.
Mark the drill holes
You need: pencil, protractor
Next, mark the drill holes on the 12 squared timbers. To do so, always place four squared timbers side by side on the work surface.
Measure 5 cm from the right and left edges of all each piece of wood and mark the positions. Always mark an additional drill hole in the centre.
Turn all four pieces of wood 90 degrees. This time, measure 6 cm from the right and left edges and mark the positions. Don’t forget the additional drill hole, which must be offset from the centre by about 1 cm.
Drill and countersink the holes
Attach squared timbers to the side panel
You need: Cordless Drill, wood glue, pencil, screws
Now it’s time to work on the boards for the side panels: one shorter, one longer.
Positon the two side panels at a 90 degree angle to one other and mark the edge along the longer panel.
Remove the shorter side panel again. Apply glue to the matching squared timber on the longer panel along where you have made your marking.
As soon as you have done this, screw the squared timber in place from above immediately before the glue dries.
Attach more squared timbers
You need: Cordless Drill, wood glue, pencil, All the tools, aids and materials you used in Step 4
Next, attach squared timbers along all the edges of both large panels. Follow the instructions outlined in Step 4 for each one.
The squared timbers are screwed in place on the long sides, flush to the edge. Observe the distance indicated in Step 4 for the short side panels on the shorter sides.
Place the side panel on the bottom panel
You need: Cordless drill/driver, wood glue, pencil, screws, matching bit
Next, connect the two side panels with the squared timbers to the bottom panel.
Start by gluing one side panel in place and screwing it down. Once you have done this, repeat this step for the second side panel.
Attach the cover
You need: Cordless drill/driver, g-clamps, wood glue, pencil, screws
To attach the cover to the box, start by applying some wood glue along the upper edges of the two side panels.
Next, place the cover board on the work surface and place the other part of the box on top of it. This will make it easier for you screw the side panels down from above.
Attach the rest of the squared timbers
To make your plyometrics box more stable, you should now also screw the four remaining squared timbers onto the remaining inner walls of the box. This will ensure that there is enough space for the two side boards that have not yet been attached.
Attach the small side boards
You need: wood glue, Two wooden boards
Next, attach the remaining small boards to the box. To do this, you just need to apply wood glue to the squared timbers and stick the boards to both sides. Allow the glue to dry.
Trace the hole
You need: pencil, Runde Form (z.B. Teller oder Glas) oder Zirkel
If you want to use the box to store your gym gear as well, you will need to drill holes on both sides.
You can decide how big you want the holes to be. We recommend 200 mm for the large one and 90 mm for the small one.
Use a round objects of the right sizes or a compass to trace the shapes for the holes. Position the holes in the centre.
Saw the hole
Before you can saw out the holes you have traced, you will need to drill a small hole at one point along the line.
You can now simply insert the jigsaw in the drill hole and saw out the circle.
Of course this step works the same way for both the top and the bottom holes.
Remember that you only have one shot at sawing the piece out correctly. Please saw carefully.
Sand the hole
Always make sure to sand down the sawn holes again. Sanding sponges are perfect for this task.
It is usually a good idea to sand the entire box all over. You can also varnish your plyometrics box using wood oil. This will seal it, and can prevent sweat etc. from seeping into the wood.
Now it’s time to "Jump around, jump around. Get up, get up and get down!"