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10$ DIY "Kettle Bell"
by actsofsubterfuge on May 8, 2008 Table of Contents 10$ DIY "Kettle Bell" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: 10$ DIY "Kettle Bell" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Materials and tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Cut and weld rebar/pipe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Prepare the mold and add weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Suspend, mix, pour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 5: Remove the mold and go wild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 6 6

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5 ft. but you can feel free to add some more weight as you see fit. it needs to be able to 'swing' when you're holding the handle. A homemade kettlebell is no substitute for a cast-iron one and it is possible for concrete to break off. The one in the photo is about 30 lbs.) Kettle Bells come in several sizes. Image Notes 1. fill it with concrete to add weight. Also.com/id/10-DIY-Kettle-Bell/ . I recommend Crossfit. This Instructable involves welding. It cost me about 10 dollars to make (though some materials and tools were free. I used 5 lbs of rebar scraps tied together with some wire.Intro: 10$ DIY "Kettle Bell" The "Kettle Bell" or Russian Kettle is a traditional training instrument developed in Russia and made famous by Pavel Tsatsouline and Valery Fedorenko. after you've bent the pipe. 1 for holding the mold) http://www. (For more information on Kettle Bells and what exactly you do with them. the round shape is important for exercises like Turkish Getups and one-hand snatches because the weight ends up resting on your forearm and would get uncomfortable if it was just a plate. PS:this is my first instructable.) -Packing tape/duct tape -Water -Wire/string Tools: -1 stick/arc welder with safety equipment. Dumbbells don't do that. At the very least. 2. welding gear and metal working tools. Please be aware of these dangers if you choose to proceed. -OR-1 torch/forge setup capable of bending 1 in. -2 Buckets (1 for mixing.com and good old Wikipedia. Basically it's a big. I hope it passes muster. Still with us? Let's get down to brass tax. which is plenty to get you started. I take no responsibility for misuse of the information provided in this tutorial.) -1-2 Small weight plates or rebar scraps (depending on how much weight you want to add. exercise with kettlebells can be strenuous. etc. lift and juggle. Step 1: Materials and tools Materials: -1 bag quikrete concrete mix (the "just add water" kind) -1 dollar store inflatable rubber ball -2. which means less concrete. iron ball with a handle that you swing around. Please consult a physician before using this training aid. I taped the corners because they were a little rough and because I didn't want the world to know how sloppy I was in my welding. PLEASE follow all safety guidelines. A 1 pood kettlebell will run you easily 50-60 dollars. know what you're doing and wear appropriate protection when working with fire. but are generally measured in poods (1 pood = approximately 36 lbs). while using one. Kettle Bell workouts are fantastic exercise and are especially good for MMA training.instructables. so prices may vary) I know what you're thinking: why not just use a dumbbell? Why does it have to be round? Aren't their better ways of doing this than using concrete? I don't really want to get into the physics of them too much. which means it's more compact and easier to use. bending and shaping metal at high temperatures and working with concrete. #8 (1inch diameter) Rebar or steel pipe (with rebar you get extra weight. but basically the shape is essential for two reasons: 1. rebar or steel pipe.

but is not entirely necessary to the crafty maker. ANYWAY. Step 2: Cut and weld rebar/pipe Using your hacksaw. This is to reinforce the rubber because it will warp significantly when you deflate it and pour in the concrete. so that the side pieces will be angled towards the center.instructables. The ball will probably deflate a little. cut the holes out with a utility knife and connect them with a slit. It doesn't have to be tight. Just try to make a handle that feels nice when you hold it (make sure it's big enough to hold in 2 hands as well). If you chose to go with the forge/torch option. Now weld the side pieces to the top piece and grind off any excess steel. You might want to wrap the corners in tape just in case they're a little rough. cut the rebar into two 10-12 inch sections (sides) and 1 7-10 inch section (top) On the top piece. Leave two holes about 4 in. basically just make the handle shape in the above proportions by bending a single long section of rebar. Put the mold in your first bucket and pad it with some newspaper to keep it centered. When it's pretty well covered. it will rip easily. it just has to be centered between the arms at the bottom and not hanging too far down. -An Angle Grinder or Bench grinder would also be useful. apart big enough to put the two arms of our rebar handle through. Image Notes 1. make sure you cut both ends at a 45ish angle. (see crappy MS Paint image for details) Once you have the holes set up and the slit in the middle to pour the concrete in.com/id/10-DIY-Kettle-Bell/ .. If you used steel pipe. thing set up. simply take your plates. but be careful: the rubber is pretty fragile and even with the tape. http://www. scraps. but the tape should keep most of it in place. and attach them loosely to the bottom of the handle with wire. I taped the corners because they were a little rough and because I didn't want the world to know how sloppy I was in my welding. you can probably find corner fittings that will do the job and you can just solder them. Step 3: Prepare the mold and add weight Take your rubber ball and wrap it liberally in plastic packing tape or duct tape. etc. To add weight. you can fill it with water to figure out exactly how much concrete you'll need to mix. Don't worry about getting it exact. you want the handle to be sturdy and you want the side pieces or 'arms' to extend a few extra inches so they can have some decent depth when you set them in concrete.1 Hacksaw or other metal-cutting saw.

it doesn't have to be perfect. Pour in however much you need to fill your mold. Once the ball is about full. mix. I just took two long pieces of string and tied them to some ceiling beams in my studio and tied them to the corners of the handle until it hung parallel to the ground with the arms low enough down to sit in the mold in the right place. This is fine. The ball will stretch slightly and flatten at the bottom. but not watery. or you can just pour it in a scoop it out with your hands. you can mix your concrete. You can cut the top off of a 2 liter bottle and use it as a funnel if you don't want to be messy. Sorry about the crappy MS Paint diagram that looks like a monster a 3 year old drew. position it under your suspended handle piece and lower it into the filled mold. pour Take your handle and your mold and suspend the handle so that it is positioned in the mold in the position that you will want it in the final product.instructables. Dry fit the arms into the holes you have cut in the mold.com/id/10-DIY-Kettle-Bell/ . Pour the concrete into the mold. Let set and dry for about a day (or more depending on concrete mix and water ratio) http://www. Reposition as necessary. I typically just mix by hand in a big bucket since it's only a small amount. Once it's all positioned. you want it to sit flat on the ground. Step 4: Suspend. Add water until it is workable.Image Notes 1. Make sure the arms stick far enough down into the mold and that they are not so high up that you have a giant handle. but the more water you have the weaker it will be when it dries and the harder it will be to work with.

. make sure you cut away the part that holds the air valve. concrete kettle.com/id/10-DIY-Kettle-Bell/ . etc. 2. Step 5: Remove the mold and go wild When the concrete has dried or at least cured to a reasonable strength. You should have something that vaguely resembles a giant. beam.You many wish to wrap the handle of this thing in some tape or cloth to make it a little less abrasive. Actsofsubterfuge http://www. Don't get hurt. Cut on dotted line 3.Adding weight is a good idea. A few additional problems I encountered: . Go have some fun. It decreases the amount of concrete you need and makes the kettlebell smaller and more alike in form to the cast-iron ones that will run you like 50$ That's it! Hope you've enjoyed it. etc.when you cut the rubber ball. Bucket and newspaper will help the ball hold its form under the weight of the concrete.instructables. The valve pokes out on the inside of the ball and will get stuck in your concrete. Overhead pipe.Image Notes 1. Punx Win. you can cut the mold away. .

2008. premolded to the shape of your air filled ball. http://www. not spherical. 2:25 PM REPLY I intend on making an instructable sometime this week on how I made my kettlebells. 6:37 PM REPLY Hi Cervantes. Great Idea. but smoother). It's quite difficult without a forge/torch and an anvil. 2010.com Tim Temple says: Dec 2. unless you have plans for it. Overall. Nothing but pipe fittings. tbellsystems says: Jan 24. A friend and I developed our own. could you just heat the rebar and bend it into the shape needed? To help keep your ball in shape in the bucket you could put moist sand in the bottom of the bucket.com Comments 20 comments Add Comment actsofsubterfuge says: Aug 20. The sand around the bottom of the ball in the bucket should hold its shape. 2010. 12:40 PM REPLY Awesome idea. I've been trying to pull the trigger on a kettle bell for months now but couldn't justify the expense. CS whitewolf88 says: Seezor says: adragonsrage says: Bah. or welding a piece of pipe over the handle.instructables. and did not find anything good. 2011. I would try for a more permanent solution like angle grinding away the ribs on the rebar or using bar-stock (more expensive. 2011. 8:15 AM REPLY Awesome Instructable! I don't weld unfortunately.com/id/10-DIY-Kettle-Bell/ . I think you can save some work by getting the thinner diameter rebar that can be bent by hand and placing weight on the ends. 2010. 5:37 AM REPLY just made one out of bits lying around my house. Feb 27. There is a product you could use on the your handle. 2010. 8:14 AM REPLY The "stone bell" design looks very impressive. Cervantes says: Apr 22. just cut a slit in the top poured in concrete and stuck handle in. I've seen it in a few hardware stores. came out at about 12kgs. Feb 28. Few thieves have the muscles for the bike AND the anchor! But it is not permanent so it can be removed. but who cares.com Navy SEAL Workout Series (5 of 10): Strength Training (video) by United States Navy Increase Core Strength (video) by Active. crunchybunny says: Mar 3. so was pretty much free! used a basket ball. 2010. Covering the rebar with rubber tubing is a good idea but over time it will probably wear away..Related Instructables DIY Kettlebells for under $10 by Cready24 A guide to taking up Muay Thai (Thai boxing) by sam noyoun How to Bulk Up by KantWeThink Top 4 Exercises for Hips & Glutes (video) by Active. you beat me to the torch. Jun 19. just like you said. 8:01 AM REPLY This brings to mind making a cheap anchor to lock a bicycle to that has to be left outside. If it wears out you just paint more on the rebar. http://tbellsystems. This is still great! Crossfit and homemade equipment is always awesome to see! jamiesoncostello says: Sep 3. Could also coil the bar to be cut inside the mold for more weight and save a garbage run. then shoving it into the wet concrete (gently). Thanks for sharing. 2008.. 9:22 PM REPLY Instead of welding. I like the idea of coating the ball in plaster of paris to maintain the shape during molding. I wonder how he managed to bend it though. 8:07 AM REPLY There is a liquid rubber used to coat tool handles that could work well here. check it out. 12:29 PM REPLY DEFDOM DELTA says: Sep 3. 2008. I've been playing with several of the DIY kettlebells. I forget the name but it comes in a can and you can dip or paint items to leave them rubber coated. so I'll probably use pipe and pipe fittings as an alternative.

12:05 PM REPLY the problem with this step is that people see the tape and think that's the only thing holding it. 2009. Sep 10. so it's not perfectly smooth) it should be fine.html for more ideas.. The stronger your grip. Aug 19. rebar happened to be free : ) As long as you fill the pipe with concrete and then do something to the part that will be set in the ball mold to make it stay (weld on some other pieces of steel.com/2007/04/debut-of-stonebell. 1:39 AM REPLY codongolev says: Feb 15. Also. 2008. check out (wfs) http://jawbonejournal. Apr 4.blogspot. 9:03 AM REPLY This is a pretty nice DIY kettlebell-they ARE expensive. but the rebar is going to shred your hands if you are doing swings or snatches. 2008. 2009. and if you aren't sure if you are going to like working out til you vomit. 11:15 AM REPLY DEFDOM DELTA says: Cool! Let me know when you put it up please. decreasing the volume significantly). 11:59 AM REPLY gman808 says: nice bell.jamesccostello says: I couldn't help but notice that your name is really close to mine. 12:04 PM REPLY actsofsubterfuge says: Jun 2. 2008. the more you can lift.com/id/10-DIY-Kettle-Bell/ . Aug 9. that's why no one wants to lay on my hammock. if I were to remake this I would probably use a more rigid mold (as you can see it kind of flattened a lot on the bottom. Aug 19. 2008. I'll definitely be making one soon. I basically just used the materials that were available to me and the 1 in.instructables. 5:13 PM REPLY I agree. ehmbee says: http://www. which would add a good deal of weight. surfreak says: surfreak says: Crossfit FTW! Smoke you like cheap crack. Good luck if you decide to give it a shot and thanks for the input! Jun 2. this is a good way to test the waters. 30 lbs is fine to start-I think Pavel recommends a 35 for men of "average strength"-and I think "average strength" is a relative term in our sedentary world. I also agree with the thicker handle idea. 2008. score it up with a saw. etc. Only think I would do different is use some scrap pipe and elbows in a thicker diameter like 1 1/2"-this will additionally work the hands and force them to get stronger as you swing. 2008. 2009. it looks held together by tape. 11:57 AM REPLY WELDING! DUH! God I had spent forever trying to think of a way to get a good handle covering on to bent rebar. Sep 3. Thanks Sep 10.. 11:14 AM REPLY Holden_vy_s says: Using an acetylene torch and bending the rebar would be neater. such as plaster. 2009. 5:08 PM REPLY jamesccostello says: This is perfect for a poor student like me.

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