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#289655 - 09/29/06 02:01 AM Makiwara - Make it yourself!
PaulHart Offline
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Registered: 05/23/06
Posts: 192
Loc: The Real
I have been to a few sites lately that sell Makiwara stands, bases and other stuff for a pretty hefty price. I think I can build one stronger, cheaper and better. I have started the project and will show you each step of the way. So far I have spent around 10 bucks for everything to do my base. You can view my project at

Makiwara Project wep page.

If you have any questions, please ask or PM me.
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#289656 - 09/29/06 11:47 AM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: PaulHart]
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Thanks for the link, Paul.
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#289657 - 09/29/06 11:51 AM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: PaulHart]
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I most likely dont have a clue what im on about but ive looked at makiwaras at our dojo and on the internet. And all ive seen so far is a big wooden block that you hit...wouldnt it be better to just hit the bricks on your house than fork out however much it is for a makiwari? again Im not familier with the subject, just making an observation.
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#289658 - 09/29/06 06:51 PM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: crablord]
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Yes, it would be cheaper, however a Makiwara is supposed to have some give. It may damage your hand which would be bad. I still have a lot of work to do on my Makiwara, and when I am done I will be able to move it, and will also be able to punch it without damaging the bones in my hand, while still toughening up the knuckles and striking surfaces. For some it does not matter, they do not punch the Makiwara very hard. I do however, and a good one will last me years.
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#289659 - 10/01/06 07:29 PM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: PaulHart]
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I have finished the painting of the base, if you would like to see you can click the link at the first post of this thread. It is looking really good. Next I will attempt to make the wood base. I am still unsure of the way I will do it, but I will probably make it around 3 foot by 5 foot. Any ideas?
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#289660 - 10/05/06 08:13 AM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: PaulHart]
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Is it okay to put plywood in the outdoors. I am considering making the top of the base out of plywood.
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#289661 - 10/05/06 09:46 AM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: PaulHart]
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You can use plywood but you will have to seal it with polyurethane or something. I would use pressure treated lumber myself, and then seal that after a couple of seasons.

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#289662 - 10/06/06 01:27 AM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: motobusmonkey]
PaulHart Offline
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Thank you for the information, I will search out that type of wood to make the top of the platform with.

I will not be making any more posts for a long time, I am getting rid of my computer. It takes to much time away from training, and I have some reasons to actually train very hard for the near future. I have some trips planned to meet some other Karate people and I want to be at the top of my skill level for these meetings. If you are interested in how the Makiwara turns out, please continue to check back as I will post pictures and tell you how I went about doing it. I have no hammer, drill or saw right now because everything I own except my computer and some clothes are in Florida. This situation has really opened my eyes to the way of people and I have decided that public Karate is not for me. I wish you all the best of luck with your training and if you are ever in Kent, please get in touch if you would like to train a little. Paul is outa here!
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#289663 - 10/06/06 02:30 AM Re: Makiwara - Make it yourself! [Re: PaulHart]
Diga Offline
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Registered: 04/15/05
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Loc: Hoodsport, Washington
Sorry I got in late on this one.
I understand that Paull H. may not still be checking in on this but I am one that has built all of my ma weapons and equipment so I will give a brief explination of my makiwara board.
Mine is mounted in the concrete floor. It used to be outside but the dirt kept giving way and loosening at the bottom, plus I was a bit imbarrased when the neighbors would ask what that pounding sound was so I took it inside.

It only cost me about $5.00. Actually is was just a scrap from the deck I built on my house. The wood I used is called iron wood or ipe. This stuff is great. It is atleast twice as heavy and strong as typical deck woods. Guaranteed to last 50 years on a deck even over water.
This ipe wood came in 3/4" x 5 & 1/2" width. At first I just planted in in the ground and tied 2 layers of leather at the top 10" but it was so heavy it shocked my body all through my arm and spine. I used a belt sander to taper it down to a little under 5/8" at the top and that took care of it.
Still...if I do not use it for a period of time it is a bit tough on me but soon enough I am back up to 500 plus strikes each workout.

Hope you get what you want out of your makiwara board. It is a great training tool.

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