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Toy Wrestling Ring for my boys

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Project by Dan posted 01-03-2011 06:50 PM 22731 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My boys love playing with their pro wrestling action figures but the toy rings that they sell at the store are very cheap and all plastic. I have bought at least 6 different toy wrestling rings over the past few years and each one has broke. The problem with the plastic toy rings is the corner post always seem to break off. After the last ring broke I told my boys that was it and I wouldn’t be buying another ring until they learned how to not be so rough. Well rather then buy another cheap plastic ring I figured I would build one that would hopefully be strong enough to take the abuse. Also the store bought rings are very small so I made this one much bigger.

Nothing real fancy with the woodwork. Just some wood scraps and a piece of 3/4 mdf. The frame is pine and was just done with butt joints, glue and screws. The MDF top has notches cut out for the corners and sits into the frame and is screwed to some runners.

The tricky part was the corner post. I needed these to be strong. I used some 3/4 in scraps of hard maple that I then ripped down to 3/4 in. I drilled the holes for the ropes at 45 degrees on the drill press. I used a V grove jig to drill the holes. After attaching the post I shaped the top exposed portion with a rasp and sand paper so that I would have round post. I then spray painted them black.

To finish up the ring I attached some thin foam pieces to the MDF with a staple gun. This was done mostly to keep the noise down when they are playing with it. I then covered the whole base and frame with an old sheet that I stretched over the ring and stapled on the bottom. The ropes were from one of the rings that had broke.

It was fun to make, the boys helped me with some of it and they are very happy with it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"





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Eric_S

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 06:58 PM

Oh, how I remember those plastic wrestling rings growing up. They sucked. We broke them too. It looks like yours should hold much longer than the plastic alternative. Nice work.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 07:24 PM

You rock Dad! Way to cool!!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 08:44 PM

Oh man, this is just way too cool! Fantastic idea :)

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 09:06 PM

I also used to play with the toy wrestlers when I was growing up. Back then I could never find the toy rings at the store so we never had a ring. My dad also built a ring for me much like this one but he used smaller pine dowels for the post. The dowels did not last long before they snapped off. If the ropes are tight then the post will always be under pressure. If the post are not thick enough they will slowly start to bend forward which will make them even weaker… I am hoping I made these post thick enough to stand the pressure. Time will tell.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 05:51 AM

That is awesome!!!!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 06:02 AM

Great looking ring. Very nicely done. Your boys are having a good time. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 09:01 AM

What would the child won’t cry – just do not cry. Future assistant. A little jealous. I have girls.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 07:01 PM

Dan, I am having the same problem. Would you be willing to make another one to sell to me? My email address is [email protected] . My son loves wrestlers and we looked yesterday and for the money they are built so cheaply. I was trying to find a way to build one myself, however, I’m a single mom, yours is a little complicated for me. LOL! But looks amazing!! Thanks!

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