|Project by Dan||posted 1080 days ago||3836 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
My boys love playing with their pro wrestling action figures but the toy rings that they sell at the store are very cheap and all plastic. I have bought at least 6 different toy wrestling rings over the past few years and each one has broke. The problem with the plastic toy rings is the corner post always seem to break off. After the last ring broke I told my boys that was it and I wouldn’t be buying another ring until they learned how to not be so rough. Well rather then buy another cheap plastic ring I figured I would build one that would hopefully be strong enough to take the abuse. Also the store bought rings are very small so I made this one much bigger.
Nothing real fancy with the woodwork. Just some wood scraps and a piece of 3/4 mdf. The frame is pine and was just done with butt joints, glue and screws. The MDF top has notches cut out for the corners and sits into the frame and is screwed to some runners.
The tricky part was the corner post. I needed these to be strong. I used some 3/4 in scraps of hard maple that I then ripped down to 3/4 in. I drilled the holes for the ropes at 45 degrees on the drill press. I used a V grove jig to drill the holes. After attaching the post I shaped the top exposed portion with a rasp and sand paper so that I would have round post. I then spray painted them black.
To finish up the ring I attached some thin foam pieces to the MDF with a staple gun. This was done mostly to keep the noise down when they are playing with it. I then covered the whole base and frame with an old sheet that I stretched over the ring and stapled on the bottom. The ropes were from one of the rings that had broke.
It was fun to make, the boys helped me with some of it and they are very happy with it.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"