Balance Board

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Project by izod posted 12-27-2013 01:42 PM 2048 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built two of these for Christmas presents this year. One of them went to my son and the other one to his cousin. I found the idea online while doing some Christmas shopping and figured I can build that for way cheaper. As far as materials, sure it was cheaper, but it did take longer than i thought to finish.

I used random pictures online for inspiration but i drew the design from Scratch using Visio. I drew it to scale, added some extra horizontal and vertical lines when i went to print it out so i could line the paper up and tape them together. I glued the paper to some 1/4” mdf, cut and sanded to the line. Since i knew where the spine was going to be i drilled the three holes and screwed the template to the plywood to trace the pattern, took off the template, rough cut the plywood on the bandsaw, reattached the template and then use a flush cut bit on the router to get a perfect final cut. I was never going to veneer the end grain of the board so there were a few natural plywood holes that i ended up filling.

I used double sided 3/4” maple veneered plywood for the board and wheels. The board is 30” by 10”. It has a solid maple spine on the under side of it 3/4” wide by 1/2” with three wood screws and no glue. on the ends of the spine i have a 3/4” x 3/4” solid maple strip, with three wood screws and no glue, to stop the wheels from flying out from under the board.

The wheels are stacked plywood disks, which took the longest to complete. The center disk of both was a little tight for the spine to fit without pinching, i already had them attached and sanded to the board and didn’t really want to remove it and shave more off. Instead i added a washer to either side of the middle disk to give it a little more space. You can see there is a little gap in the pictures. I built two different sized wheels for each board, one at 5” and the other at 4”. I prefer using the 5” wheel, sure it’s higher off the ground but it’s way easier to control the board when it rolls vs using the 4” wheel. If i ever have to build one of these again i’m going to turn the wheels on the lathe!

I used skateboard grip tape for the grips on the board and cut the shapes out that i wanted.

One thing that i would do different if i were to build them again is to somehow add some kind of grip between the board and the wheel. At times they will slip against each other when i’m using them. You can see in the second picture (the under side of the board) that there are some slip marks. If i have enough of the grip tape left i’m going to addtwo 3/4” strips on either side of the spine.

BTW. I’m 6’ around 200lbs. It creaked a little the first time i got on it…but it does support my weight just fine.

-- Josh - Rochester, MN

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 01:43 PM

I would like to share the viso document that i used on this project. Does anyone know if i can upload and share that file??

-- Josh - Rochester, MN

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 03:56 PM

I’ve been playing around with the idea of making one of these. Would love if you could share more pictures/plans. Looks great btw! Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 03:59 PM

these are great! You built a really nice looking one!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 08:37 AM

What a neat toy. I bet the kids have lots of fun on your toy.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 05:48 PM

I would be bruised head to toe. I bet the kids have a lot of fun with it. You did a great job.

-- Magnolia, Texas

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 05:55 PM

Cool build! Kids will get loads of fun playing with it. Great work!

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 04:06 AM

I built one of these in Jr high back in ‘73, except mine had a 8” roller the width of the board turned on a lathe from a single block of wood. Yep, fell on my keister many a time, but it sure was fun!

Wood shop and metal shop were required for guys back then to graduate. First time I’d ever used or even seen a lathe. This project got me hooked on a life long love of wood turning and wood working.

And I never broke any bones. But I did skinned up an elbow or two.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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