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
TOTAL: $6.37 .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

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  • LUSK64
    that looks like a really good idea but I am not very handy. I went to the goodwill and got a body shaping step for $10.00. It works really good. Get a lot better workout with a higher step.
    4267 days ago
    Awesome! Thanks for the great idea!
    4305 days ago
    Thank you so much!!! Do you mind if I feature this in the February Team Huddle?

    (aka Karen)
    4323 days ago
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    4323 days ago
    Great pics! Mine looks a bit sturdier than that though because I use it for step aerobics too and I wanted the bottom completely flat.
    But you did a fantastic job.
    TFS your photos!
    4327 days ago
    Great idea. I thought the step exercise on the Wii was too easy with the board so low.
    4328 days ago
    I'm very impressed - I have to show hubby.
    4328 days ago
  • ACABE1
    It seems that I'm not the only one that had a problem with those risers. We lost ours sometime last year before they started making the risers by themselves. Thanks for the info and pictures to go along with, now if I can just talk my hubby into making it.
    4329 days ago
    awesome. I am going to try to get my hubby to make me one!!
    4329 days ago
  • no profile photo CD357306
    thank you that is awesome....I'm going to do the same thing thanks again

    4329 days ago
    Looks great, similar to what my hubby did! For around the same price. Thanks for the instructions! Let us know how you like the new workout with the riser! Mine is so much more intense! emoticon
    4329 days ago

    Oh...and before folks start "2x2" is actually around 1.55 x 1.55 inches, so with two of those and a 1 inch layer of get a nudge over 4 inches in height.

    4329 days ago
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