Home Made Balance Board: a Better Roller




Introduction: Home Made Balance Board: a Better Roller

There are plenty of instructions for making balance boards. A couple of the roller choices
include using soda pop bottles covered with duct tape, or pvc covered with a non slip

This simple instructable describes a different roller for the balance board.

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Step 1: Materials and Construction

Go to the plumbing section at a home supply:
Get PVC the size of the roller you want. 4 inches in diameter is usually recommended.
Buy the length of PVC to fit the width or diameter of the balance board.
You may have to cut it.
Buy rubber PVC couplings (about 4 inches long and 4 inches in diameter) to match
the length of your balance roller. Your roller is somewhat quantized to multiples
of the rubber pipe couplings.
You will need a hacksaw to cut the PVC.

Description of the pipe coupling:
This RUBBER coupling will NOT have any internal ridges... it will be smooth inside.
It will have a band clamp on each end

I should almost leave this blank.
Cut the PVC to the desired length (also matching the length of couplings that will be used)
Remove the band clamps from the couplings
Slide the couplings over the 4 inch PVC.

If you get any slippage you can use a slow drying tacky glue, I would use it carefully and
as minimally as possible.

I am in process of finishing the balance board, but have tried the roller under a
a skateboard.
The rubber has both a nice gripping capability and a mild shock absorbing effect.

While this is not likely to be a 50,000 mile solution, the couplings are 5 dollars a
piece so a retread will cost 10 to 15 dollars.

Final thoughts:
The roller works quite well with the exception that the rubber can "walk off" the PVC.
It is not especially a big problem, but gluing the pieces on will solve it.
After building the 4 inch I decided to build a 3 inch roller which turns out to be easier
to use. You could probably build a 2 inch to start on and then increase the size to a
3. 2 inches might be the ideal "beginner's wave".

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    3 Discussions


    11 years ago

    This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction


    Admin, if people can't figure this simple task from the pics and the write up they really shouldn't be let loose with sharp cutting tools.

    Please give those who read this awesome site a tiny bit of credit.

    I really think that your comment would perturb many and make them reluctant to post anything if that is the response. If this was rocket science then yes, your interjection would be valid, but on this........I personally find it extremely rude ungrateful to the person taking the time to contribute.

    Would be very interesting to hear what the OP thinks.

    To the OP, thank you kindly for taking the time to post this very useful piece of information and the additional comments on the smaller 'beginners' roller. I'm absolutely sure that many have found this very useful and straightforward to accomplish with the info provided. Kudos and thanks.


    8 months ago on Step 1

    Hairspray is a great adhesive for attaching bicycle grips to handlebars, so may well work to attach the rubber to the pipe. It has the advantage of lubricating when you slide them on too.