Yoga Boards/Platforms (for doing yoga on carpet)

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Project by Ron Stewart posted 09-04-2017 11:19 PM 1502 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been taking yoga classes for a few years, but she has been doing more of it at home recently. Until now, she had been doing it in our kitchen, but it’s not a great environment. She and a friend had also talked about practicing together, and our kitchen won’t accommodate that.

Now that our kids have moved away, we have a large, mostly empty bonus room over our garage that is an ideal spot. It has plenty of room and large windows for natural light. It also now has a TV for YouTube classes/videos. The only problem is that it’s carpeted, and many of the poses and exercises require a firm surface under the yoga mat.

We found a product on the web called the Lifeboard that’s basically a big plastic slab split into two interlocking pieces. It would appear to solve the problem, but it’s a bit pricey and not too pretty. (On the plus side, it’s also light and portable, but that wasn’t a big deal for us.) I told her I could make similar platforms from either plywood (edge banded) or inexpensive hardwood. She chose hardwood, and we found some nice poplar boards at my favorite lumber yard.

Each platform is made of four edge-glued boards and is 80” x 32” (large enough to hold a standard yoga mat with some extra space around the perimeter) and about 7/8” thick. I also used a 1/8” round-over bit on all edges.

I had originally planned to finish the platforms with Danish oil, and I used it on the undersides, but that yellowed the poplar too much and made the dark grain too black; it was just too muddy. To avoid those problems, I switched to water-based poly (Minwax Polycrylic). I applied three coats to each board and then buffed the finish with a piece of maroon abrasive pad on my random orbit sander. That produced a smooth satin finish. It also bowed the platforms a bit, but they seem to be flattening a bit, and the slight remaining bow is not a problem in practice. I suspect that I wouldn’t have had the problem if I had used Polycrylic on both sides from the start.

My wife is very happy with the platforms, and she and her friend have started using them. Two happy friends, a new purpose for an unused room, and more practice with planing, panel assembly, and finishing—I call that a win! Thanks for looking.

-- Ron Stewart

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 11:37 PM

Great idea and I’ll bet she will really like them!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-05-2017 01:58 PM

This is a nice and practical use for wood. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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