How to Make A Climbing Peg Board

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Climbing peg boards are a great way to strengthen your arms and abs using a wide variety of exercises. They consist of a board with a series of holes in it attached securely to a wall. You then hold onto pegs and climb the board by putting the pegs in the holes. Most gyms have them, and they are available at most exercise stores. However, they are inexpensive to make at home.

Sand your piece of wood until it is smooth and splinter-free. Round off the edges for a nicer look, if preferred.

Measure and mark the center of each hole, keeping the markings at least 4 inches away from each other. This will give you about 2 1/2 inches between holes in the final product, ensuring that the wood won't crack under your weight.

Drill your holes with a 1.5-inch drill bit, making them as straight as possible. If you angle them, your board may be nearly impossible to climb.

Sand the edges of the holes to avoid splinters. Do not sand too much, or the holes will be too big.

Measure the width of your hand and add 4 inches. Cut your dowels to this length.

Test the dowels in the holes. Sand the ends of the dowels until they fit all the way into the holes. They should fit snugly but still be easy to remove.

Varnish your board and dowels following the directions on the can. This is optional but will make your board more durable. Once the varnish has dried, make sure the dowels still fit in the holes and sand them down if necessary.


If you sanded your holes or dowels too much, you can either buy bigger dowels or cover the original dowels with hockey tape.


When you mount your board, make sure it is safely secured to the wall. Ask someone at your hardware store about the hardware to hang your peg board securely. It will vary depending on the kind of surface you're hanging it on such as drywall or concrete.

Make sure there is a mat under the pegboard in case users fall.