Yep, as a martial artist, especially after having watched Donnie Yen in Ip Man at the beginning of the summer, I set out with the intention to build something that would inspire me to train to greater heights everyday, as well as make it out of something cheap and affordable, like PVC. Ultimately, I ended up spending just under $150.00, which, for half the supplies, that got me extras for making another one in the future.
Oh, here's a list of the materials for an update, as well as the prices:
-One 10 ft section of 6 inch diameter PVC pipe - $26.33
-One 10 ft section of 3 inch diameter PVC pipe - $5.49
-One 10 ft section of 1/2 inch diameter PVC pipe - $2.79
-Two 6 inch diameter PVC endcaps - $24.46 ($12.23 individually)
-One 3 inch diameter PVC end cap - $2.98
-Three 1/2 inch diameter PVC endcaps - $2.31 ($0.77 each)
-One 45 degree PVC Elbow (the angle depends on the style you prefer, I have the leg penetrating further in due to the Hung Gar style of utilizing a wider gait and a wider gate) - $2.38
-Epoxy spray paint - Red - $4.97
-Epoxy spray paint - Black - $4.97
-1 can of Plasti-Dip spray - $4.97
-Four 60 lb. bags of concrete - $9.00 ($2.25 per each of them)
-Two 10 ft sections of 1/2 inch thick iron rebar - $5.50
-1 Hacksaw - borrowed this from my roommate
-1 Miter Saw - borrowed this from my roommate
-1 Jigsaw (even though it's mentioned in one of the steps that you can eliminate the actual need for this as Menards sells a Round Edge Glued Pine Panel 5/4" x 12" for $5.49) - I borrowed this from Master Sonny Couch's brother-in-law's father
-One 12 inch round Lazy Susan Plate, 1000 lbs. capable (you can get this off Amzaon.com) - $8.63
-One 12" x 18" Galv. Sheet Metal - $4.98
-2 x 4 studs - these were just lying around in my garage
-Loppers (for cutting the sheet metal - trust me, the hacksaw would just be a pain in the ass) - borrowed these from my roommate (Did I bother mentioning Danny is a Construction worker)
-3/4" x 2' x 2' Oak Plywood Sheet - $ 6.99
-2 Menards buckets (One to mix the concrete, one to form it, lol) - I got these as a deal of 2 for $5.00
-About 30 Drywall screws, 1.25 inches long - $5.96 for a box of 500 pieces, but i actually ended up borrowing them from Master Sonny Couch
-A hammer (for knocking the ends off the drywall screws, but you could honestly leave them up since they'll be covered in concrete anyway - Yeah, I just generally own a hammer, myself
-About ten 2 inch long Construction Screws - $5.96 for a box of 270
-Flat Head Stove Bolts,3.5 inches long, .25 inches thick - $0.82 for a pack of 4
-20 fender washers, about 1/4 inch thick should do it - $2.07 ($0.69 for a pack of 7)
-extra steel washers thicker than 1/2 inch - The definition of extra is that I didn't buy them for this project, they were just lying around and were thicker than a 1/2 inch)
-12 inch long eye bolt, 1/2 inch thick - Again lying around, but either way, it should be about $3.49
-One 1/2 inch drill bit (a drill press is easier than a hand drill, but whatever works) - this one however, was very much so lying around in my garage
-One heavy duty can of PVC glue - $7.99
-A sharp knife to cut the plastic bucket - if it's your roommate's, and he finds out by reading this instructable, that's just priceless
-Masking tape - $1.79
-2 Power Poxy Weld containers - $5.14 ($2.57 per each container) (I will be doing this step later today)
-A shipload of patience, lol
Sum total: $148.97! Good luck to anyone on the attempt, and I'll be updating the process for the base-spinning plate in a few days!
Btw, Special Thanks to MENARDS for giving me every piece of material for this project - I will eventually give them a print out/poster of this instructable to hang in their store.
Step 1: Making your base-spinning plate (Pt. 1)
One cool thing was that I found a 12 inch Lazy Susan Plate on amazon.com, and it holds up to 1000 lbs. One picture I sadly did not take for this instructable was of myself and a friend holding hands while another friend pushed us around in a circle...yep, real growwn ups, we are, lol.
Anyway, taking the 12 inch lazy Susan Plate, you want to draw its outline on top of a piece of sheet metal, then cut the sheet metal out into that shape. Then, after making a trip to Menards, grab a 2 ft by 2 ft section of 3/4 inch plywood (I recently found out that they actually sell 12 inch round disks of inch thick wood that's been glued together at Menards, which I'll do the next time I go about making a Dummy for one of my instructors). Have them cut it into 12 inch squares, and don't forget an extra sheet of it at 2 ft by 2 ft, which I'll explain later.
Place the circular piece of sheet metal on one of the squares of wood, draw an outline, and after borrowing a friend with a jigsaw, lop the corners of the square to make it a circle. This step can be done away with in the future as after finding out about the 12 inch circular disks of wood that Menards actually sells. Lay the lazy susan plate on top of the sheet metal disk, and that on top of the wooden disk. There are 1 inch thick holes close to the brim of the lazy susan plate on its bottom that you will now take a hammer and a nail and make a dent through the sheet metal all the way around for every coincinding hole that is on the top plate for the lazy susan. Following the denting of the sheet metal, you're going to use some 1 inch long drywall screws to plug the lazy susan plate down through the sheet metal into the wooden disk, thus securely attaching tha lazy susan plate an affirming the holes that will match up with it. Now, flip the plate over and smack off the extra pieces of screws that are sticking up through the board, then pry them off...yes, even without tips, those screws will hold in place pretty well for what we are attempting to do here.