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Adjustable exercise stepper

Hi everyone,

I know this is probably a silly project but I'm looking to build a simple, adjustable exercise stepper. My plan is to use two, 3' long 4x4s as the supports with a 1/2" hole drilled in the middle of each 4x4. A 12" piece of rebar slips into each hole. Then I take 2' wide pieces of 2x10" and drill holes at each end (1/2" holes). Then all I do is simply stack the 2x10s on top of the 4x4s and the rebar holds everything in place. The nice thing is there's no nails or screws and everything easily comes apart.

Does this sound like it will work? Should I have 2 holes at each end for more stability? I've attached a crude drawing along with a screenshot of a similar stepper I found online (except it doesn't come part but the idea is the same).

I'm not very handy but I do know how to use a power saw and drill and I do like to plan things (executing those plans is another story).

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks and I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-10-2020, 07:54 PM
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welcome to the forum !!

I would say build to the specs of the people that will be using it.
and how they use it - just stepping on and off, or jumping ??
how much trouble is it to put in two dowel pins vs one ?

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Hi John,

Thank you for the response and feedback!

It will used primarily by me for stepping. I love the dowel idea! Much cleaner looking and I won't have a metal rod sticking up.

I'll complete my profile shortly and I'll be sure to check out the forums for tips and suggestions.

Thanks again and take care!
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Not to put anyone off from building stuff, but what you want to make can be bought very cheaply.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw...h7EALw_wcB:G:s

I also dislike those "stabilty" bars, I think they are a trip hazard and not really needed.

Lately I have started to use stepping as a gentle exercise (I'm now past 70) and I am having a lot of fun with a nintendo wii and wii fit board. Watching a TV go through exercises with you is quite encouraging and makes me do the half hour a day that I most likely wouldnt if the machine wasnt keeping track of me.

Turning it on and having a woman ask where I've been for the last two days makes it like being back at school. (lol)

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Anything built with 3x4 will be a bear to move around if needed.


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Anything built with 3x4 will be a bear to move around if needed. George
Isn't this thread about exercise? :-p
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I have this one:
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It's 30.5" long x 11.5" wide. I think the 2x10 will be too narrow (9.25"). I'd use a 2x12.


I'm also concerned about the 3' length of the 4x4s. That overhang will be a real trip hazard. None of the commercial units have any overhang.

My recommendation is to use 2x12 cut to 32" or so length. Forget the 4x4s and use pieces of the 2x12 cut to 4" length. Stack the short pieces to raise the overall height.
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Isn't this thread about exercise? :-p

LOL!! Yeah, I guess it is.


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