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DIY Climbing Fingerboard Construction Scheme

Interested in building your own DIY climbing hangboard? Here's a video tutorial that shows you how to do it. Check out the above construction scheme as well - you can print it out for reference.

This blog post is part of a series of articles showing you how to build your climbing fingerboard and how to do your hangboard workouts.

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Materials and tools you'll need:
  • A 2 or 2.5 cm thick plywood board  (I used a recycled board from our climbing gym, hence the bad looks of my board)
  • Two wood rails (hard wood like oak, birch, etc.)
  • T nuts
  • 6 self drilling screws
  • 4 expansion bolts (with plastic expansion elements)
  • Climbing holds, of course (I have a few resin holds and the rest are wooden holds made by me from flooring pieces)
  • A jigsaw
  • A drill (and a few drill bits, including one for drilling in concrete walls and one for the head of the screws)
  • A wrench and bolts + washers (⌀ 10 mm ) for the holds - hex bolts for resin holds and regular bolts for wooden holds
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  • You should pre-drill the wood rails and the hangboard. If you don't, the wood rails may crack as you try to place the self drilling screws through them. 
  • Make sure the diameter of the holes in the rails is smaller than the diameter () of self drilling screws.
  • Instead of measuring where the bolt holes will be on the wall, I suggest you stamp the four marks above the door frame. To do that, you place four paper stubs in the rails (mounted on the board); add some paint on their ends which stick out and then place the board where you want it to be; press it against the wall (click here to see the exact portion of the video tutorial). 
  • You can make most of the holds out of wood scraps (medium crimpers and small crimpers) but I advise you to buy a few bad resin slopers (bad = hard to hold onto)

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If you have any questions or remarks, post them in the comments. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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  1. What a great idea!! Stregthen your hands and arms while at home! Brilliant!

  2. Yup! :-) I call it convenience training. It's hard to find a few hours to go to the gym or at the climbing cliffs but it's much easier to find 45 or an hour to train at home.

    It's a concentrated workout.

  3. Those things look so painful. My brother is always climbing on his board, and I wonder how his fingers got so strong. I'm a pianist, so thought I could hold my own - but nowhere CLOSE! lol

  4. @ Christian - yup I see what you mean. It was the same for me when I got my first board up. I had been a climber for a while and it was hard for me to hold onto those small holds (crimpers).

    This is a highly specific activity which needs time to master (both the power of holding onto small holds and climbing in general).

    Thanks for stopping by, Christian!

  5. How large are bolts for most holds? What size do the t nuts need to be? or do all t nuts have the same diameter?

    1. The bolts are about 4-5 cm long, 10 mm diameter. Same with the T-nuts - 10 mm.

      I have another hangboard at my parent's home and that has 8 mm T-nuts and the holds are held by 8 mm bolts.

      However, 10 mm nuts and bolts is the standard (most solid). Climbing gyms use these metrics as well for their walls.

  6. cool that you made your own...but that is the most ghetto fingerboard i've ever seen, lol.

    1. Ha ha! :-) Thanks man! Yes, it's a ghetto hangboard indeed.

  7. What is the spacing of your t nuts

    1. 8 cm between holes within a row and 5 cm between rows. The rows are offset to each other as you can see in the pictures.


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