Introduction: Pogo Stick From 2x4s

With two 2x4s, two rubber bands, and two hours, you can make a working, adult-size pogo stick.

A couple years ago I made a pretty hard-core metal pogo stick for school (see this instructable), but that project required welding, machining, and about $100 worth of materials.

My goal for this project was to make things as simple (and cheap) as possible: all the materials cost about $30 and everything took me less than 2 hours to build (while taking pictures, not counting a few iterations of re-design).

If you're looking for the perfect DIY Christmas gift for your sad, dejected friend who weeps every time they see the weight limit on a Walmart pogo stick, then look no further.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Tools

  • Saw
  • Drill

Materials

  • Two 8-ft 2x4s
  • Several 2-1/2 inch wood-screws
  • Four 3-1/2 inch lag screws
  • Two heavy-duty rubber bands ($10 each at McMaster Carr, or $15 each at Amazon)
    • Alternatively, you could try surgical tubing, bicycle inner tubes, etc.

Step 2: Bottom

Use eight screws to assemble the bottom crosspiece.

Step 3: Middle

Use another eight screws to make the middle.

Step 4: Attach Brace

Use four toe-nailed screws and a 9-inch brace to attach the bottom and middle pieces together.

Step 5: Attach Post

Use six screws to attach the post.

Step 6: Check Plunger Fit

Cut the plunger and make sure it slides freely through the holes in the bottom and middle pieces.

Step 7: Attach Plunger Top

Use two lag screws to attach the plunger top (this piece needs a little extra support).

Step 8: Attach Handle

Use another two lag screws to attach the handle.

Step 9: Optional: Round the Plunger Top

Use a file, sandpaper, etc. to round the top of the plunger. This might prolong the life of your rubber bands.

Step 10: Attach the Rubber Bands

The main idea here is to

  1. Loop one end of a rubber band around the bottom crosspiece
  2. Stretch it over the top of the plunger
  3. Loop again
  4. Stretch again
  5. ...

How many passes you make depends on how heavy you are, how high you want to bounce, how long your rubber band is, and how good you are at stretching rubber bands.

I had pretty good luck with tying two rubber bands together, then making six passes (I weigh 175 pounds).

Step 11: Jump on It

Hop on and have some fun!

PS: While it shouldn't really have to be said, bounce at your own risk. The design seems pretty sturdy to me, but I'm sure you could find a way to hurt yourself with it.

And, as always, use a helmet. People who don't use helmets are idiots. I can't believe those people :)

Comments

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GeorgeHarris (author)2016-11-22

hey, thanks for sharing

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solobo (author)GeorgeHarris2016-11-22

No problem

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johnbackem (author)2016-05-14

this is really cool

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solobo (author)johnbackem2016-05-14

thanks!

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warriorethos2 (author)2016-01-31

solobo, great job on the pogo stick. Your instructions and pictures will make it easy for anyone to build a pogo stick from 2x4. Good luck in the contest.

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solobo (author)warriorethos22016-01-31

thanks!

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Alywolf (author)2016-01-30

way to use those 2X4's I will need to look into some heavy duty rubber bands or bungie cords, I am a bit heavier than you... but I want to play on a pogo stick again.

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solobo (author)Alywolf2016-01-31

definitely, good luck!

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jʎɐɹ-ɾ (author)2016-01-10

Actually made me laugh out loud. Voted!

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solobo (author)jʎɐɹ-ɾ2016-01-10

thanks!

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Yonatan24 (author)2015-12-26

Awesome project! Voted

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solobo (author)Yonatan242015-12-26

Thanks!

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mlawing (author)2015-12-22

Dude! What a fun instructable!

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solobo (author)mlawing2015-12-22

Thanks!

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mlawing (author)2015-12-22

Dude! What a fun instructable!

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elking (author)2015-12-21

So cool!

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solobo (author)elking2015-12-21

Thanks!

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itlb1234 (author)2015-12-20

this looks like a lot of fun and also quite ridiculous I love it. I just have to vote for this and I haven't commented before so I really like it. Good luck in the competition .

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solobo (author)itlb12342015-12-20

thanks a lot!

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scouchman (author)2015-12-20

Has the bands slipped at all at the top? I was wondering if some kind of lip might help.

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solobo (author)scouchman2015-12-20

I had it slip off once when I didn't wrap the rubber band very carefully, but with so much tension on it it doesn't want to move much. A lip would hurt though.

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ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-12-19

Awesome design!! I really like this one

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solobo (author)ClenseYourPallet2015-12-19

thanks!

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JokerDAS (author)2015-12-19

Awesome job!!! The design is very straight forward! Great pictures, too. I will absolutely make one of these with spare tubes as suggested!

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solobo (author)JokerDAS2015-12-19

Cool, I'd love to hear how the spare tubes work.

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spon9 (author)2015-12-19

where's your helmet?

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solobo (author)spon92015-12-19

alas, I did not wear one.

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M3G (author)2015-12-19

This is so awesome!

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solobo (author)M3G2015-12-19

thanks!

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TomV4 (author)2015-12-19

Won't that thing catch on fire after a while? An added feature!

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solobo (author)TomV42015-12-19

If Evel Knievel can do it...

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treesquatch (author)2015-12-19

Is this safe? Haha

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solobo (author)treesquatch 2015-12-19

So far so good :)

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jonathan5777 (author)2015-12-19

that looks so crazy awesome I have to try it thanks for sharing

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solobo (author)jonathan57772015-12-19

Thanks! Let me know how it goes.

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