Balance Beam Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about balance beam plans. If you want to keep your kids busy and to develop their balance, you should build this easy yard game. This project features instructions for building a balance beam from 4×4 lumber. Follow the building codes and hire a professional contractor if you don’t have the right skills to undertake the project on your own.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy quality lumber, such as pine. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

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Building a balance beam

Building a balance beam

 

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  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long BASE
  • B – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long BED FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 38 1/2″x56″ long SURFACE

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  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

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  • Adjust the size of the beam to suit your needs

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  • One Weekend

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Balance Beam Plans

Building the base supports

Building the base supports

Build the base for the balance beam from 4×4 lumber. Cut the ends of the beams at 45 degrees, as shown in the diagram. In addition, you need to make a notch to the middle of the supports, as shown in the plans. Use a chisel to remove the excess and smooth the recess with sandpaper.

Beam

Beam

Build the beam from 4×4 lumber. You can adjust the size of the balance beam to suit your needs.

Decorative ends

Decorative ends

Cut the ends of the beam at 45 degrees, for extra appeal. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Fitting the base supports

Fitting the base supports

Fit the supports to the beam. Place the supports equally-spaced and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 5″ lag bolts. Insert the bolts on diagonal, at least two for each joint.

Balance Beam Plans

Balance Beam Plans

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Make sure you choose quality components taht suit your needs and tastes.

 

 

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