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Old 03-16-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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DIY Kettlebells

I got the idea from one of the CF Radio episodes. I think it was Freddie but I may be wrong. He mentioned using rubber hose for the handle.

This was my first attempt at handles using 1/2" sch40 pvc.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...y/DSC06104.jpg

This was my first set using one 80# bag of quikcrete. The grey handles are some liquidtite flexible conduit that I had laying around and the pvc was left over from a sprinkler install. I think there was a total of $12 for the balls. The black one is the liner from the soccer ball, 2 for one. Plus $3 for the concrete. The basket ball is 30# the blue ball is #22, soccer ball & black one are 18# and the little soccer ball is #13 after drying for a week.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...y/DSC06113.jpg

Then I made this mold. I can put handles in the oven 2 at a time and every 13 minutes make another pair. I made 4 of the 3/4" & 4 of the 1/2" for my 2nd batch. The liquidtite handles worked but not my favorite.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...y/DSC06129.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...y/DSC06130.jpg

I added 6 cups of lead shot while I was making a basketball and added another cup to the inside of a large handle. These came in at 42#. I made a pair of them in the $4 target orange basketballs. Then I made 2 with straight concrete in the blue basketballs that only a few targets carry in my area. Next I am going to make 2 out of the black basketballs that I will add 6 cups of plastic pellets to make it less than the 30# balls. These match my slam balls orange @ 22#, blue @ 17# 1/2 sand, 1/2 recycled plastic blast media, and the black ones are 12# and are filled with 100% recycled plastic blast media.

I will share some more of my homemade items later.

To make the handles I measured diagonally across my oven and came up with a maximum length of 27# taped one end with duct tape packed with sand taped the open end then heated fro 13 minutes @ 350. wrapped them around the 2x6 to get the handle shape. I think they work perfectly.

Thanks to whomever inspired me if it wasn't Freddie. I know it was from CFR for sure though.

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Old 03-16-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Re: DIY Kettlebells

Those are the coolest/ugliest kettlebells I have ever seen!
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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DUDE! This is so cool

Looks like a potential spring break project
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:10 AM   #4
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Re: DIY Kettlebells

Here are a couple more pics.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...y/DSC06133.jpg

I am going to make one more blue basketball and 2 black ones maybe this weekend to get the matching sets. The KBs will go on the top rack this evening.

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Jim thanks for the compliment, I guess.
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:25 AM   #5
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You have a freakin' DIY KB Factory going there. Awesome. You should offer your services to locals
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:59 AM   #6
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Pretty sure it was Boz who made the homemade kb's. Especially because he is my coach and I have heard the story of how he was too broke on his own. Very cool. Very cool.
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Re: DIY Kettlebells

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Pretty sure it was Boz who made the homemade kb's. Especially because he is my coach and I have heard the story of how he was too broke on his own. Very cool. Very cool.
That's right now I remember! Thanks Nick for giving the proper credit.

Do me a favor and thank Boz for sharing the idea.

Lawrence, I actually took the idea to the local fire house and they liked the idea but couldn't do a work shop due to liability issues. They can't even play b-ball with locals because someone got hurt not long ago and tried to sue.

They are very simple to make. I am all out of the lead shot and I'm looking for more. I am very cheap so it has to be free or almost free to me. I recycle some stuff from my 9-5 that has helped also. Plastic blast media, it is a polycarbonate used to "sandblast" plastic parts. It is almost 1/2 the density of sand that is how I got 12 & 17# slamballs. I use them for wall balls and weighted sit ups. The other thing I recycled is plastic pellets. These are thrown away as they clean out the injection mold machines to change colors or material types. I used these to make sand bags. When I made dufflebags of sand I found them to be very dense. A 60# bag is not much bigger than a Dynamax ball. The pellets are about half the density as the sand so a 3/4 full sea bag is only 70#. I made sand and pellet bags so I can make many different combos. Also the plastic bags that I put the sand in are all recycled used bags also.

Hope this helps others. I can give more details if needed.

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Old 03-17-2009, 12:57 PM   #8
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those are the sweetest DIY kettlebells ive ever seen haha that is badass
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:59 PM   #9
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James, go pistons, more my style GO REDWINGS!

I grew up in southeast MI.

Thanks for the props.

I'm a cheap bastard, I know it and I have no problem with it.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:17 PM   #10
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i am also a cheap bastard, and wings all the way... that pic was just before a pistons game, about 10 rows off the floor i dunno if you have aim or anything like that but if you do shoot me a PM with it i have a few questions
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