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Old 01-23-2007, 07:04 AM   #1
Clay Johnson
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1. Heavy Handle

I am lucky that I live close to an industrial surplus store that sells hardware $1 a pound (for all types of bolts, washers, pipe, etc.).

I was able to make a Heavy Handle and a Rolling Handle for less than $5.

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http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....hedhandles.jpg

I started with a clamp...I think it is used to hold conduit and piping. I used 2 3/8" PVC pipe for the grips. I used the top part of the clamp for the heavy handle and the bottom for the Rolling Handle:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....nduitclamp.jpg

For the Heavy Handle, since the upper part of the clamp did not have much finger room, I had to offset the bolt. I used an old hollow dumbbell handle, pipe foam and a 2" pipe for the inside of the handle. I used some fuel line for the bolt to run through and used some extra set time epoxy to firm the handle up. I cut a small notch on each side of the handle to give it more strength. I used 3/4" PVC pipe and a hardened bolt for the plate pin. I used a short piece of 1 1/2" PVC pipe for the weight plate to rest on.:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....avyhandle1.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....avyhandle3.jpg

I painted the metal handle parts with Rust-Oleum's hammered paint:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....riphandles.jpg

I am really happy with the result. It feels very sturdy:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....avyhandle2.jpg

2. Rolling Handle

I used 2 3/8" PVC pipe for the grips and the bottom part of the clamp for the Rolling Handle:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....nduitclamp.jpg

I used the lower part of the clamp, a 2" PVC pipe for the larger 2 3/8" PVC pipe to roll on, two large washers so it would not rub against the handle, an old hollow dumbbell handle, pipe foam, and 250 pound rated eyebolt. I used some extra set time epoxy to firm the handle up. I cut a small notch on each side of the inner to give it more strength and to keep it from rotating:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....ngthunder1.jpg

I painted the metal handle parts with Rust-Oleum's hammered paint:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....riphandles.jpg

It seems to work well with a good bit of weight:

http://homepage.mac.com/biggerfoot/....ingthunder.jpg
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:53 AM   #2
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Nice...I was thinking of something simular, but this looks cheaper...if I can find one of those clamps...
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:57 PM   #3
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very nice, clay! i've been thinking of using PVC to replicate some of Ironminds' grip-training tools. i was specifically thinking of the hub pinch grip and the blockbuster pinch grip handles....i'll post some pictures when i actually get around to it :-)

did you make the loading pin as well?
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