How to Build a Gymnastics Balance Beam
SUGGESTIONS to make or build a Gymnastics Balance Beam
Check here for creative styles and instructions to build your own Gymnastics Balance Beam.
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NEW DO It Yourself STICK IT! Surface your Beam Instructions!
WE SELL BALANCE BEAM BRACES TO MOUNT YOUR BEAM!
#1. 8 feet long x 4 inches wide x approx. 5 inches deep. Top is approx. 18 inches high from ground.
The balance beam was laminated (glued) from six, 8 foot long pieces of 1 by 6 inch pine. The actual thickness of a
finished I inch pine board is ¾ inch. In order to have the beam come out 4 inches wide, it will be necessary to plane
down two of the boards to a ½ inch thickness. As an alternative, use four boards and two pieces of ½ inch plywood or
any other ½ inch stock on hand. Laminating the beam out of several boards insures a stiff beam that won’t sag.
I used Titebond III glue which is waterproof. If the beam is to be kept indoors, use any good wood glue.
It may be necessary to smooth the top of the beam once the glue has set. This can be done with a plane or belt
Support Stands: Made from 6 feet of scrap 2 by 4’s. (Actual 2 by 4 dim. are 1 ½ by 3 ½ inches)
The two vertical posts are 12 inches long and made up from two pieces of 2 by 4 glued together. Attach the vertical
posts to the bottom of the beam using two 4 inch heavy galvanized angles for each post. The posts should be 10 to
12 inches from the each end of the beam.
Attach a 24 inch piece of 2 by 4 to the bottom of each vertical post at right angles to the beam. Install three 10 inch
long 2 by 4 braces on each vertical leg as shown in the photo.
Use 2 inch #8 flat head wood screws for all attachments. It will take 28 screws to build and attach the stands plus
whatever screws are used to attach the galvanized angles.
Beam is covered with Synthetic Suede.
The height of the beam and its length can be altered to suit individual needs.
**NOTE ** SUGGESTIONS*
There are several websites selling wood/suede covered gymnastics balance beams online. IWe suggest looking at
some of these websites and seeing the photos of similar beams to help you with your project...
Actual 4 x 4's are not a full 4 inches wide...always measure.
Some plane the edges and corners of the wood beam and feet.
Staple Yoga mats to the beam pad to pad it before covering with suede.
Some apply suede to the bottom of the supports to keep the balance beam from scratching the floor.
This can be a very basic beam or a more creative project...its up to you!
REGULATION BALANCE BEAM is 16'5" length. 4" width
*These instructions were provided as a courtesy and are in no way intended to be official or endorsed by anyone
other than the particular parent who has made the balance beam. By using these suggestions you agree not to sue
should any stubbed toes, bruised egos or other such injuries that may occur when kids walk/ play or tumble or a
raised plank of wood. Kids may fall... Kids may get injured...it is part of the sport of gymnastics. Be responsible.
Use at your own risk... Use while supervised...Use common sense...
Good luck on your project...
Send us a photo with your completed project and any suggestions and we will post it here!... I hope to
have this become a useful resource for this type of project for gym parents to refer to for their projects!