STURDY - Ladders out of 2x4s - STURDY. Here’s a quick and easy way to make a ladder on any wall with a few 2x4s: This beautiful piece of work took 30 minutes from conception to installation, including measuring and cutting (window not included).
Remember, the best way to ensure a sturdy ladder is to make sure you anchor it to wall studs. We marked our 2x4s at 16” intervals (the standard spacing between wall studs), to make it easier to line them up with the studs, then used a bubble level to make sure they were straight. We used 2 3” screws per stud. If you’re installing the ladder on a concrete wall, make sure you use a good quality rotary hammer to install whichever anchors you choose.
Got a favorite way to mount wooden climbing ledges? Wooden precision trainer build - STURDY. These are simple to make, but have lots of applications. We use them to train people to pay attention to where their feet are going, whether it’s in a jump, out of a vault, or while running. We love to use them as low-risk stride trainers... If you miss, you don’t fall 10 feet onto concrete - you only lose a foot in the lava :) Download this gallery (ZIP, null KB) Download full size (675 KB) Anyone with a saw, a screwdriver, and some paint can make them. Build materials and tools 2x4s (about 4’ for each trainer) outdoor decking screws glue/liquid nails primer/paint playground silica sand drill/driver circular/jig saw sandpaper (220 is good, you can go a little coarser if you want) Build instructions.
Jea's stackable vault boxes - STURDY. Check out these stackable vault boxes Jea Ritchey designed and made. Download this gallery (ZIP, 407 KB) Download full size (116 KB) Along with excellent Sketchup plans! Download this gallery (ZIP, 504 KB) Download full size (313 KB) They’re made to pack down small - great if you need to drive them around or don’t have a lot of storage. Note that they “hinge” when too much lateral force is applied on the wrong side ( see 2:12 ). We just might have to build some and play with this idea in the lab :) Thanks, Anne for sending this in, and Jea for the awesome design and woodworking skills! Have some photos of interesting obstacles you’ve built? Rail Horse Build - STURDY. Rail work is prominent in parkour training. Here is a practical option for stable, portable rails fit for gym or workshops. Just as with the Rail Precision Trainers, the materials of choice here are 2 x 6 and 16 gauge line post.
Remember to deburr any time you cut pipe! Tools This list assumes access to power tools, but the entire project can be done with hand tools if you have the time and energy. Safety goggles, ear plugs, dust mask Tape measure Drill with bits for post hole, bolt, and countersink Chop saw/table saw/circular saw File/sander Band saw/jigsaw Router with roundover and straight cut bits Hammer & punch or large nail Materials 2 matching lengths of line post (we used 4’ lengths) 4 set pins 2X6 Construction The rail horse is basically a specialized sawhorse.
Start by cutting the 2 x 6 to length. Drill the rails to accept the set pins (remember to deburr) test fit them with the A frames, and you have rail horses ready for action. Rail Precision Trainers - STURDY. Welcome J as our newest contributor to the Laboratory!
We’ve featured his work before . I’ve been consistently impressed with his woodworking skill and innovative designs! More on J here . -Tyson This is a relatively cheap (less than $10 each) option for building rail precision trainers. The main materials are 2X6 and 16 gauge line post (the upright for chain link fence). Tools This list assumes access to power tools, but the entire project can be done with hand tools if you have the time and energy. Safety goggles, ear plugs, dust mask Tape measure Drill with bits for post hole, bolt, and countersink Chop saw/table saw/circular saw File/sander Band saw/jigsaw Router with roundover and straight cut bits Hammer & punch or large nail Socket wrench Glue brush (to affix rubber if available) Materials 2 machine bolts and square nuts 2 flat washers 1 length of line post (I like 32") 2X6 2 rubber shoes Make the saddles Make contour cuts per the image. Drill the holes Pre-drill for bolt.