DIY: Balance Board

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by Craig Sheppard, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. kopfan

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    A very nice and professional piece of work. Kudos!
     
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  2. v1rotate

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    I've now uploaded the Balance Board PDF file to a file hosting site so anyone can download the PDF without having to email me. Just remember to choose "NONE" in the Page Scaling option before printing otherwise the measurements will be incorrect depending on how big or small your paper is. The scale is designed on an A4 sheet.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/hjmimjguqho/Balance Board Scale.pdf
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  3. Zach_Attack

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    here's mine that i made today. what are your thoughts on it?
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    It works just fine, but i kind of rushed the paint process which made it come out sub-pat IMO... :-?
     
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  4. DownTheLine

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    What's the cheapest board out there that works just fine? Wth out makng one of course.
     
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  5. Dangus

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    Here's the one I made, thanks to all the help in this thread.

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  6. domhas1

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    This is awesome, thanks for posting, I just made mine and it works great...
     
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  7. OHBH

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    Made my own this morning. very awesome
     
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  8. Buckethead

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    Questions about the B.B!

    How high does the dowel need to be from the board?
    Mine is about a finger from the board as far as gap goes.
    Having said that,could this distance affect the visualization of the balance point since in my case i could only get the approximate balance since the racquet would touch the board after sometime and wouldn't stay like i saw the other boards around here with the racquet completely away from the board.

    i also noticed that the 1 3/16" dowel was not strong enough and it was bending a little.Should i replace it,orshould i just put some overgrip around it like many did?

    The balance will be determined at the moment the racquet doesn't touch the board ,right?

    What are HL points in relation to centimeter?

    thanks a lot!
     
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  9. Buckethead

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    Questions about the B.B!

    duplicated message.
     
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  10. downs_chris

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    would 2 different strings cause a different balance? like if one string was really thick and heavy and the other was thin and light -- will that drastically change things? just curious...thanks!
     
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  11. star 5 15

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    not really drastic but there would definately be a difference. probably would be 2-3 mm which I mean actually feels pretty different. It would be best to do unstrung specs. When I had P1 do my frames thats what they did and after thinking about it it makes the most sense.
     
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  12. wrxtotoro

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    Man, that thing looks like an HPLC column...

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  13. LafayetteHitter

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    Great thread, thanks for all the info.
     
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  14. Greek Goliath

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    Awesome bump, thanks! I was just about to post a thread asking how to do this. Forgot about the search function, sorry.
     
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  15. LafayetteHitter

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    Yes it's a great thread. I searched because I did not even see it as a sticky up top.
     
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  16. hoodjem

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    I am wondering if the 2 3/8" stop nuts (~$.19 ea) are absolutely necessary, or perhaps are more for cosmetic purposes?
     
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  17. Bjorn

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    Not much of a handyman but I'm going to give this a try.

    What's the name of those screw things with the little hoop that holds the dowel?

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  18. Murray_Fan

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    Thanks amazing mate you should be proud
     
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  19. Bjorn

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    could anyone answer my question two posts above please?
     
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  20. tennytive

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    If you read the first post it lists everything you need to make your own board.

    "eye screws"

    Typically used as part of a hook and eye fastener to keep doors closed. You should be able to find them at any hardware store.
     
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  21. coolblue123

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    Just did a lowe's run... My wife brought flowers and I got tennis equipment in a hardware store.
    Here's the exact specifications of what I got:
    1 1/4 in. Wooden dowel
    2 3/8 in. eye screws (mines came in a pkg of 3's...)
    2 3/8 hex nuts (spent 3 cent each nut instead of 30cent for each nut cap) *** I am a proud member of the tennis l-cheapo club ***
    1 white self board. 0.63in x 8 in x 23.75

    Only thing i did different is i put some glue on the hex nut so that the wooden dowel would stick to the hex nut. Also, be sure to use to pre-drill your holes for your eye screw or else your shelf board is going to crack. I'll post pics later this week.

    I spent total $7.50.
     
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  22. coolblue123

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    Quick Question for Everyone:
    Just measured my PDGT, it's 1 in from even. Therefore it's 8pts HL? (TW specs it as only 4pts HL). I was wondering if the measurements should be 0.25 in instead of 0.125? If it's 0.25, it'll be within specs of TW's measurements?
    thanks all
     
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  23. spacediver

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    0.125 inches per point. yours could be more headlight because of heavy grip?
     
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  24. coolblue123

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    Shouldn't really make a difference, since I am using a 1/4 grip. But the fact that I measured both my PDGT's and they came up as exactly 8 pts HL seems to point to the direction of 0.25 in per pt. If it is really 8pts HL, it kinda explains why I thought the sweetspot is alittle more lower than I like it to be. I guess I should start lead taping the racquet.
     
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  25. ike81

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    Hi guys ,

    Excelent work better then Viper board,

    please could someone ,send me the PDF scale on this mail:h.stigeman@googlemail.com


    thanks very much,
     
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  26. ike81

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    SOLVEd just donwloaded from the link ,

    i`m going to build the board today got all the parts,

    great,:)
     
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  27. Mig1NC

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    I was going to try this, but was afraid I would be too inprecise with mounting the balance bar, so I went ahead and purchased an Alpha Viper, which I'm loving.
     
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  28. ike81

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    here are pictures from my home made balance point excelent design,

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  29. Centryx

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    this needs a bump cuz its awesome!
     
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  30. cwong1983

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    Hey all pros's,

    i am having same issue with the above situation, the racquect just don't balance and touch the board after sometime, is it normal since i saw some picture can make it balance?
     
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  31. endro

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    So what's the consensus here? I'm thinking about trying this but I want my frames to be matched pretty close, how accurate can you get doing it this way?
     
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  32. mars76

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    Hi All,

    I am trying to balance my Head Radical Tour Xtra long racquets which are 28 inches long.

    Generally how you guys are balancing racquets which are extra long ..

    Do i need to position the dowel at a different length or just extend the length of the board to handle the extra long racquets ??

    thanks..
     
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  33. tinyman

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    On mine, the ruler extending from the dowel down the board is about 17" long (I didn't trim it fully) - so for a 28" racquet, I would start at 14" (0pts balance), then just adjust from there like I would for a regular 27" racquet.

    Moral of the story, just make sure your ruler will allow you to measure out far enough.
     
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  34. Cross Strings

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    Hey V1Rotate, I know it's been a long time since you posted your Balance Board. I am very interested in getting a copy of your PDF Scale if you still have this awesome creation.

    Thanks

    Cross Strings
     
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  35. v1rotate

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    DIY Balance scale

    Cross Strings, PM me with your email and I will email you a copy of the scale.
    Cheers,
    v1rotate
     
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  36. v1rotate

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  37. sundaypunch

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    Great job with this.
     
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  38. marquette100

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    I bought a board, wish I would have seen this first.
     
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