Homemade Hangboard




About: Freshman Mechanical Engineer at UMBC

Hello, and welcome to my Instructable!! Now before we get started, I just wanted to say: THIS IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS AT ALL. I could have done this so much better if I just used a router to cut out the slots, but hey, who doesn't like drilling out hundreds of holes??? O, right...

All jokes aside, this is the process I used to make my hang-board. This was not meant to look pretty, as it was destined to just hang in a closet and would only be seen by me. I made this without any plans, so a lot of the things I had planned on changed. I think of this as more of a proof of concept. Even so, I think it turned out a lot better then I thought it would. So, without further ado, let get going!

Step 1: Cut Out Your Blanks

Cut out the two boards that you will need. I made mine 3/4" thick and 2" long. The bottom board is 7" wide and the top board is 5" wide. I have the dimensions written out in a easier to read form below:

Bottom: 3/4" x 7" x 2'

Top: 3/4" x 5" x 2'

Step 2: Layout and DRILL DRILL DRILL

This step is completely up to you. I made mine with what I thought would suit my needs, and tried to make it easier as it is my first board. That up to you though! (The beauty of making your own things:) ) I made three different depths for the slot, and It worked out a lot better than expected! The first line of slots are 3/4" deep, the second 5.5/4" deep (halfway through the bottom board), and the last one is 3/2" deep. Sorry for the weird fractions, but you can use whatever depth you want! A nifty trick I discovered by luck; put a clamp on to table so that when the board is butted up against it and the neck of the drill press the bit is lined up parallel to the board, and all of your slots will be straight!!

Step 3: Chisel

You might not have to do this, but if you decide to drill you will have to chisel out all to the leftover parts from the holes you drilled to finish up the slots.

Step 4: Sand the Slots

Make those slots super smooth, or rough if you want a better grip!

Step 5: Route... Rout??

Round out all of the slots with a router and curve the top for better grip! Also, if anyone knows the verb for routing please let me know!!

Step 6: Two Halves Become One

Screw the two halves together!!

Step 7: Backing Board

Here I marked out the spots for the screws and drilled them. As I still live with my parents, my dad insisted on drilling it into my door frame. I would also suggest predrillng the holes for the hangboard to make it easier to get it on when its up there.

Step 8: Almost Done!!!

Drill in the hangboard!!

Step 9: Start Sweating!

Check that it holds you and your ready to go!!! Thanks for taking a look at my instructable, and if you deiced to make one be sure to let me know what you did differently to make it better!!!



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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    You need to slope your sockets to different angles to improve finger strength. A large slope on the top to make it harder to grip does wonders. When I was regularly rock climbing, slopes were the hardest thing for me to grip. I got a commercial hangboard and trained using the sloped part to build my grip strength. Hands are usually the weakest link when climbing as far as strength is concerned.

    I like this idea and it is *much* cheaper than a commercial version. Thanks for sharing!

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    Fabian MJobar007

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Instead of sloping the holes itself you could also slope the whole board. For example if you screw a regular Board into a wall with an overhang and hinges on top, you can attack your hangboard to those hinges. To change the slope simply add small boards at the bottom and inbetween the board on the wall and your hangboard (either different thicknesses or stack multiple boards). The more you add, the less overhang you get.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks!! I will be sure to include some in my next one!


    3 years ago

    looking forward to making mine... thanks for the instructable!

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    nice work, and great patience with all those circles.

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