Build your own balance board - instructions with 5 simple steps – Surfin Balance

Build your own balance board - instructions with 5 simple steps

From amateur surfers to professional skiers, practically everyone nowadays relies on the benefits of a balance board. You can use it to train your balance at home, in the garden or in a hall, making you even more successful in sport. Although the investment costs are already very manageable today, there is still the practical option of buying a balance board yourself in 5 simple steps.

We'll show you what preparations you need to make and explain step by step what you need to bear in mind. You can start with the fun and challenging balance board exercises straight away.

Build your own balance board - materials and tools

First, however, you need the right basic material and the right tools. Most of these are available relatively cheaply from DIY stores, otherwise you may be able to borrow the necessary machines from friends or from the DIY store itself.

Here is a brief overview of what you should get:

  • A suitable wooden board (more on this later)
  • A jigsaw or scroll saw
  • Clamps for fastening during sawing
  • Abrasive or sandpaper
  • Wood paints, wood oil and brushes

Of course, you will also need to have some manual skills, especially when it comes to woodworking. Building a balance board yourself is certainly not rocket science. However, anyone who has used a saw before has a clear advantage.

Build your own balance board - step-by-step instructions

Once you have all the necessary materials and tools together, you can start with the first steps. If you don't know how to use a particular handle, you should ask for help from friends if necessary.

1. prepare the wooden board for sawing

Almost all professional boards have an oval shape due to ergonomic factors, while the wooden board from the DIY store is rectangular. This means that you have to shape the future balance board wood into the right form. There are a few important points to consider when making your choice.

The starting board for building a balance board yourself can, for example, measure 35 × 80 ×15 cm. However, larger models are also possible. Find a suitable template on the internet and sketch the sawing path on the wood so that you can easily follow the lines with the saw later.

2. saw out the wood into an oval shape

The next step is probably the most difficult. First, lay the wood on your work surface and make sure you secure it with the aforementioned clamps so that it can't slip during sawing. Simply follow the outlined sawing path with the jigsaw and it is better to remove too little than too much at the first attempt.

This is because you can always re-saw or file if necessary to give your balance board the desired shape at the end. If, on the other hand, you saw off too much, you may even need a new wooden board and have to start all over again. Don't forget to take all the necessary safety measures beforehand!

3. sand the wood completely

After the sawing is done, there will be some rough edges with wood splinters. These must be sanded down completely to avoid injuries and accidents. Of course, your balance board will feel even better after you have built it yourself if all the edges are round and easy to grip.

Sand all edges carefully with the sandpaper to ensure that all wood splinters are removed. It also makes sense to completely sand the entire top and bottom surface again. Although the wood should come relatively smooth from the DIY store, small errors in processing can never be ruled out.

4. design or paint the balance board yourself

Building a balance board yourself can be a great experience for children and adults alike, but it is the individual design that gives the whole thing a personal touch. Your own children can help with this and give free rein to their creativity. You can apply patterns and decorations using the wood paints you have purchased beforehand.

It is always best to sketch out the desired pattern with a pencil beforehand so that it is easier to apply with a brush. Alternatively, you can use painter's tape or masking tape, which you stick to the wood before you start painting. After you remove the tape, all the lines will be straight like a line.

5 Finally, apply the wood oil

To ensure that a home-made balance board lasts a long time, it is essential to treat it with wood oil or wood wax. Otherwise the natural wood from the DIY store can quickly become dirty and even moldy. You can use the same brush for this as for painting, as long as it is sufficiently clean.

Apply the wood oil to the entire surface, undersurface and all edges. Not a single area should be left untreated. The oil then needs to dry before you can start the fun balance board exercises. Give your new wobble board a few hours to dry properly.

Who should consider building their own balance board?

Many people actually want to save money, but in most cases this doesn't work out. Suitable wood, the necessary machines and accessories often cost just as much as a professionally manufactured balance board from a specialist retailer - plus a not inconsiderable amount of time.

It should also not be forgotten that additional accessories such as a cork hemisphere or cork roller are required to make balance board training worthwhile. If you add all of this together, building it yourself can be even more expensive than buying it. It is therefore much better to see it as a fun DIY project for hobby craftsmen from the outset.

Everyone else should opt for a high-quality balance board from Surfin, which impresses with its first-class workmanship at an affordable price. We also provide you with all the other tools you need and you can choose your own design. High durability and sustainable materials are guaranteed with us anyway.

Conclusion: Building your own balance board can be fun, but usually doesn't save any money

If you get the right materials and tools beforehand, you can easily build a balance board yourself with a little bit of craftsmanship. Make sure you have the right wood and proceed carefully when sawing before sanding down all the edges and finally painting and sealing your new board.

Alternatively, you can of course go straight to the stylish balance boards from Surfin directly. We don't compromise on quality and pay attention to our contribution to sustainability. Do you have any further questions? Then contact us now contact now.

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