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Old 06-08-2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hey i was wondering if anyone has made there own oly rings. Just looking for suggestions, thanks!
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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I am assuming that by Oly Rings, you are referring to Gymnastic Rings. Many people have made their own rings. Some cut them out of plywood and then sand them. Most people bend PVC around a paint can after heating it in the oven. The best homemade ones I saw were made out of PVC by the owners of CrossFit Edmonton. After they bent them around a paint can and let them cool, they coupled the ends together with a PVC joint and cement. They then used webbing straps with attached buckles like the ones that you can buy from REI.

For more information about homemade rings check out this link: (WFS)

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Old 06-09-2007, 09:07 PM   #3
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A cheap alternative involving little or no work is to go to your local Home Depot or Lowes and look for a 45 or 90 degree bend non-metallic (plastic) electrical pipe; any diameter from 3/4 to 1 1/4" will work, depending on your grip preference. They look like the bottom 1/4 or so of a real ring, just string your webbing through them and hang them up.

I think I have a link at home, but I'm out of town. On the exercise page there's a movie of Eva T doing a Muscle up on the beach on a pair of them- called "Eva's Beach Muscle-up".

Here's a bad picture I found on google... I'll post the good link if I remember when I get home.

http://images.trade-express.com/bhptemp/atulpipe/pcat-gifs/products-small/long-b lend.jpg
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Old 06-10-2007, 01:00 PM   #4
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Luke, I made plywood rings. I bought a half sheet of 3/4" plywood (they call it hobby size) and a tube of Liquid Nails for about $11.00. I already had all the tools. One suggestion..If you go to the trouble to do this, don't make just one pair. Make two or three and you can have them set at different heights or a set in the house for GTG and some in the garage.
1) Cut the half sheet into eight 11" squares. This will make four rings.
2) Mark four of the squares with a 10" outer circle and a 7" inner circle. This is just a guide for applying the glue.
3) Clamp each glued piece to an unglued piece and let set for 24 hrs. If you dont have clamps, you can weight them down with oly plates.
4) I made both the inner and outer cuts and then used the router. If I did it again, I would do the outer cuts then router the outsides. Then do the inner cuts and router them. This would leave a flat surface for the router to rest on for the longest amount of time. I used a 1" roundover bit in the router. You can do the shaping with a half-round wood rasp, if you don't have a router.
5) I used a palm sander to finish smoothing the rings. I painted them with two coats of satin finish polyurathane that I rubbed with fine steel wool between coats.
I have pics, but I will send separately. When I send photo's, they come out going from left to right instead of stacking them like everyone elses.

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Old 06-10-2007, 04:41 PM   #5
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Here are the pics, I hope.







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Old 06-10-2007, 04:58 PM   #6
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Let me try the beginning steps again.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:03 PM   #7
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