The $7.36 Wii Step Riser
Monday, January 26, 2009
Given that the commercially released 4in riser runs around $90, and would be impossible for me to use once my wife broke both my legs for spending $90 on an ankle-high plastic platform...
I took the opportunity to head over to HomeDepot!
Here's what I built with my own three thumbs, for less than eight bucks. Trust me, if I can build it, ANYONE can! Home depot with even cut the boards to size for you.
2x2x12in boards (3)
2x2x24in boards (2)
12x24x1in plywood (1)
2in wood screws (6)
3in wood screws (6)
1 - 2x2x8 = $1.71
12x24x1in ply = $4.22 (check the scrap box by the saw, you might get it free!)
12 screws = $0.34
Oh...plus .99 for a hot dog out front of the store! Grand total: $7.36
This project took about five minutes to assemble with my DeWalt screwgun. You could add a piece of carpeting to the top (I was planning to) but I've done three 30 minute freestep sessions, and the balance board never budged. (The plywood surface is fairly rough.)
I do recommend pre-drilling the holes in the 2x2's if you can. It might not be a big deal, but I have had 2x2's split on other projects if the holes weren't pre-drilled.
So there you go, saved yourself about 83 bucks and you got a riser and lunch!
Here are the pictures...
ps - this thing is rock-solid, but if you want, you'll have an extra 12in peice of 2x2 left over that you could use as a center "leg" -P