How to Build Handstand Canes and Blocks

Hey guys!  Since I’ve gotten a lot of questions on how I built my handstand canes, I decided to do a little “how to” so you can build your own handstand canes and blocks!

Handstand Canes

I was actually able to build my canes and blocks for about $30 since my dad had spare wood and screws lying around in addition to all the tools needed, but building your own will definitely be cheaper than buying and will allow you to personalize them as you want!  I built these canes over a year ago, so they have had their fair share of wear and tear, but are still going strong!  These canes have been hauled to and from the gym most days and across the country on my clinical rotations and road trips…by far, my favorite part about them is how easily they transport (well maybe it’s that they allow me to hand balance anywhere with flat ground)!

 

Specs:

  • Two ½ inch plywood 12 inch x 12 inch bases so they can be adjusted for different shoulder widths and fit in a backpack to be easily transported
  • 12 inches high

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Materials List:

  1. 1/2 inch plywood cut into two 12 in x 12 in squaresfullsizeoutput_1251.jpeg
  2. Two 1/2 inch galvanized pipe cut at 12 in (it’s cheaper to get a 24 inch pipe and have them cut it in half for you at Home Depot…just make sure it’s cut exactly in half!)
  3. Four 1/2 inch flanges
  4. Two 2 x 4’s (1.5 in x 3.5 in) cut at least 1-2 inches longer than the tip of your knuckle (proximal interphalangeal joint) to the bottom of your palm/wrist joint.
  5. Four 1/2 inch screws
  6. Four 1 inch screws
  7. Saw (a table saw will be easiest)
  8. Sander or sandpaper

 

Handstand blocks:

Same as the 2×4 pieces for the top of the canes, but without the flanges attached (make as many as you want).  You may want to make these slightly shorter…maybe 1 inch longer than the tip of your proximal interphalangeal joint to your wrist.  If you would like thicker blocks, you can just use a 4×4 piece of wood instead, just don’t forget to sand the edges slightly!

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Handstand Canes Assembly:

Once all your pieces are cut, sand all sides of the canes slightly and make the edges the slightest bit rounded (so they’re not digging into your hands).  Then you’re ready to screw one flange to the middle of one of the 12 inch x 12 inch pieces of wood for the base using the 1/2 inch screws.  Repeat for the other base.  Next, screw one flange to the middle of the 2 x 4 piece for the top of the cane.  Repeat for the other top piece.

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Your canes are now done!  All you have to do is screw the pipe into the flanges when you want to use them!  Be careful to not screw them on too tight because they may get stuck.  A trick that I have found that works is to loosen the bottoms slightly then loosen the top slightly, then completely disassemble the canes.

 

As always, I love hearing from you guys.  Feel free to comment below, email, or DM me with any questions, comments, concerns, or whatever!  You can see a ton of ideas of things to do on the canes on my Instagram page, @paradigmofperfection.

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