Finding weights for a boxing bag with stand can be tough — especially with high prices of good weights and not enough availability in most locations, it can get difficult to find any weights without going to a gym. So, it’s better to make them yourself in the comfort of your home.
The idea might sound bizarre at first, but you can actually save a lot of money and time by making your own weights at home. And we’ll show you step by step how to make weights for a boxing bag stand.
In just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to have fully workable boxing weights at a significantly lower cost.
How to Make Weights for a Boxing Bag Stand?
With a little patience and effort, you can get your own weights for your boxing stand for minimal cost. The process is a bit time consuming but worth it in the end.
Make sure to get the right materials, and follow the steps below carefully while you’re making the weights. Also, remember to take the necessary safety precautions before starting. Let’s get into the process.
What You Will Need
- 1 bag of cement, about 20 kilograms
- 1 bag of coarse gravel, about 20 kilograms
- 1 bag of coarse sand, about 20 kilograms
- A sheet of sandpaper
- 2 plastic buckets, roughly 11 liters capacity
- 2 PVC pipes, 1m x 25mm
- Plastic tub for mixing cement
- Dowel rod
- Super glue, or any tough glue for plastic
Before beginning the process, make sure to take every necessary safety precaution. Wear gloves and shoes with a good grip that can withstand a mess. There will be a lot of lifting of heavy material, so be careful not to drop anything near you.
Most of all, be extra cautious of the glue and cement, as they are able to cause permanent damage.
We recommend doing this task outside or in a garage.
Step 1 – Properly Sand the Bottom of the Buckets
Taking your sheet of sandpaper, begin sanding the bottom of each of your plastic buckets. If the sheet is too big to get inside the bucket, use cutters (not scissors, they will become blunt) to make them smaller; after sanding the buckets, sand one end of each of your PVC pipes.
The end of the pipe, which is the smooth rim, has to be as rough as the bottom of your bucket, so they adhere to each other better. This may take some time, so you don’t need to sand the entire bottom of the bucket, rather just the center of it where the pipe will be going.
You might also want to sand the outer surface of the pipe, so the concrete adheres to it better.
Step 2 – Stick on the Pipes
You can now start with the attachment process. Using your glue, apply a generous amount to the bottom of your bucket and the sanded rim of your PVC pipe to make sure they stick together.
Don’t use too much, though, or else it might take too long to dry. And using too little will not make them stick.
Be cautious of your hands not getting in contact with the glue. If the glue takes a while to dry, use a forearm length of clear wrap to puncture a hole through it with the top protruding part of the pipe, and seal it around the rim of the bucket. Don’t start the next process until the glue has completely dried.
Step 3 – Coat with Vaseline
Once the glue has dried, it’s time to use some vaseline. Take a half-cup portion of it, and begin coating the insides of the bucket either with your hands or a brush.
This includes the bottom as well as the inner sides. Do not coat the pipe with vaseline. You need to make sure the pipe sticks with the cement, but not with the inside of the bucket.
Don’t use a thin layer of vaseline for this step, as concrete will seep through it anyway. Use a fistful for the inner sides and another fistful for the base.
Step 4 – Make the Right Mixture
This is when you’re getting your concrete mixture ready for the buckets. Using enough water, gravel, sand, and concrete, mix the contents in the mixing tub with a shovel. The ratio should be 2 parts cement, 4 parts sand, 2 parts gravel, and 1 part water. However, you can add more or less water depending on consistency.
Break up any clumps with the shovel, and make sure it comes to a smooth consistency. The right way to go about this would be an upwards digging motion with the shovel to bring up the materials that might have sunk to the bottom. Then, jab the mixture from top to bottom, and repeat until smooth.
Make sure the mixture isn’t too runny nor too thick.
Step 5 – Shovelling in the Mixture
Shovel the contents of your mixing tub into the bucket one by one. Tap it down with the shovel and dowel rod each time to keep it together and compact. Also, keep it even in both buckets, or it might look lopsided on the stand.
When the concrete is poured, smooth out the surface with a small shovel, and clean off the edges and outside of the bucket with a sponge. Leave the buckets out in the sun for 24 hours to harden.
Step 6 – Popping Out the Concrete
This step is much like getting ice cubes out of a tray. Roll the buckets on their sides with your feet, and firmly tap the bottom of the buckets to get out the concrete smoothly. After the concrete has popped out, leave it in the sun for longer to dry out any damp spots.
Step 7 – Finishing Touches
Finally, after the concrete has fully dried, saw off the excess PVC pipe protruding from the concrete weights to smooth the flare surface. You will now have two concrete weights with a hole at the center. Sand off any unevenness on the concrete, so it’s completely smooth.
Aligning the holes of your weights with the weight poles of your boxing stand, place it on gently. If you like, you can spray paint these weights according to the color of your stand.
Now you’re all done.
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If you’ve made it this far, you’re already familiar with all of our instructions on how to make weights for a boxing bag stand at a low cost and with minimal work. We hope we were able to offer you with sufficient guidance on how to do this in a safe and efficient manner.
Remember — before doing this task, be sure you’ve taken all of the necessary measures. You can skim through our steps so you don’t lose track of the process.