Making a Balance Beam for Your Backyard Gym

A balance beam is a popular piece of equipment for your home gym or playroom. Beams are a great exercise tool for children as they inspire playing and gymnastic activities. This in turn proves beneficial for their health and keeps them outdoors for a longer period of time, which is good news at a time when most children prefer staying cooped up in rooms, glued to the television and computer sets. Follow the simple steps below to build your own balance beam.

Tools and Materials

  • Nails
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Screws
  • Wood adhesive
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood 
  • 2x8-inch board
  • 2x10-inch boards (20
  • Loop-pile carpet
  • Clamps

Step 1: Initial Steps

Cut a 2x8-inch wood board that is 10 feet in length. On the side that is 8 inches, apply wood adhesive with a brush. Now add another wood board of the same measurement to on the surface of the glued board. Clamp these boards by attaching the clamps at the sides after gluing the boards. Leave this set up to dry for a whole day. Make marks using a pencil at 2-foot gaps along the board’s top surface. At these marks, hammer in nails so that the boards are firmly stuck on to each other.

Step 2: Measurements

Take measurements of the balancing beam from the bottom part of a side of the beam. Locate the side that is the place where the wood pieces are stuck. Take the measurements of this side along the top portion and also at the under surface of the other side. Measure out the dimension of this space on to a loop pile carpet so that the carpet piece is sufficient for the space. Apply glue on the other three sides of the beam and place the piece of the carpet on the wood. Again, put up the clamps at the sides to secure it properly. On the lower parts of the sides you can insert nails.

Step 3: Cutting

Take a board that is 8 feet in length. From this, cut out two smaller 18-inch boards using a hacksaw. Now, cut up rectangles that are 4 inches in length. You must make 8 such rectangles.

Place the smaller boards such that they are at horizontal positions. Make sure that there is a 10-foot gap between both boards. Place the beam on the boards so that there is a right angle formed between the beam and the smaller boards. Mark the place where the boards are on the sides of the beam. Keep the balance beam aside.

Step 4: Placing

Apply glue on the 4-inch board. After leaving the gaps between two lines, place this on the outer part of the lines on both boards. The other 4-inch board also has to be stuck on to the top surface of the boards made right at the beginning. At the center of the board, insert a screw after drilling a hole, to secure both boards together. Now turn on to the reverse surface of the 18-inch board and screw up the smaller boards in position so that the screws are at the same level with  the bottom portion of the wood boards.

Step 5: Final Steps

Place the 18 inch wood boards on a place in the backyard that is level. Ensure that they are at the gap of 10 feet like you had placed in Step 3. Between both posts at the ends, nestle your balancing beam. Keep pushing it downwards so that it sits flat.