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At the beach I had seen people on long boards pushing themselves around with these big sticks. They looked pretty fun so I was interested in getting one. But after learning the price on these was $100 and up I decided to make one myself.

The end product works great and I think it looks pretty cool. So if you’re looking to have some fun for a fraction of the price, let’s get to it!

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Step 1: What You Need

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Supplies you need:

  • 1¼” or 1½” wooden dowel – Home Depot has these
  • Vurtego pogo stick bounce pad – Vurtego sells these here: – you could also use a tennis ball or something similar but this looked and worked the best for me

  • Wood glue or 2 part epoxy

Tools you need:

  • Saw
  • Sanding block or power sander with sand paper
  • Drill
  • 1¼” or 1½” drill bit depending on the size of your wooden dowel
  • Dremel

Supplies you might need:

  • Plasti Dip – Home Depot carries this
  • Wood stain

Step 2: Cut your wooden dowel

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Cut your wooden dowel to about the height of the rider’s forehead when standing on the skateboard.

Next you’ll need to cut the handle using the remaining material. I cut my handle about 4 1/2 inches long but do whatever’s comfortable for you. Then sand everything down until it has a nice feel and finish.

Step 3: Attach your handle

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Find the center of your handle and, using the 1¼” or 1½” drill bit, drill into the handle about ¾” deep. You’ll use this to sit the long piece of your paddle to your handle. Be sure to sand where you drilled to a nice finish.

Drill a hole through the top of your handle and into the land paddle. Use your glue to attach the two together and insert a screw through the hole you just drilled.

You should now have a handle attached to your land paddle!

I made one last night, only I used a lacrosse ball instead of the pogo pad.

What do you estimate is the total cost of materials? And do you think a tennis ball would be durable, and would it grip the pavement sufficiently? Obviously, not as well as the pogo pad
cbeatty112 months ago
Yeah I did a longboard event and saw those poles you were talking about,, 100 bucks or so. I was thinking of making one too, nice job and good choice on materials. I have seen the fake bamboo ones " ratan" furniture ones are supposed to be good too and have some flex to them, which gives you some more velocity. Over all you can't beat the price or the way you made it, good job! Like your board too. I heard dresser drawer fronts make good decks too. :)
travderose (author)  cbeatty111 months ago

I'll have to try the dresser drawer idea, that'd be sweet!

tpenninga12 months ago
Did you make your deck as well?
travderose (author)  tpenninga11 months ago

yea I did make the deck! Check it out:

laffinm12 months ago
Nice socks!
travderose (author)  laffinm11 months ago


colonelb312 months ago
Great instructable! I would love to make this! (I might need to get a skateboard first)
CarterBond12 months ago

You should try this with bamboo!

M3G12 months ago


I can't put my finger on exactly what makes this awesome, but it's awesome.

nizelprod12 months ago
dude this is gonna fit so good with my new wood board! thanks for the idea!
jessyratfink12 months ago

This is great - the intro photos are beautiful!