How to Make Step Boxes for Exercise

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How to Make Step Boxes for Exercise
Make a basic step box at home. (woman stepping in a fitness centre image by .shock from

An exercise step purchased from a store can cost you as much as £57, as of April 2010. While some may argue that your health is more important than any amount of money, that may be a substantial investment to make just to try out a new exercise program. Instead of spending your hard-earned cash on an item that is little more than a glorified box, try making your own at home to get started. If you discover that you enjoy your new step exercise program, you can always purchase a more expensive adjustable step at a later date.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2-by-6-inch board
  • Saw
  • Plywood
  • Wood glue
  • Rag
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • 12 wood screws
  • Books

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  1. 1

    Purchase a 2-by-6-inch solid wood board at least 7 feet long. You should be able to find these boards in 8- to 10-foot lengths at home improvement or lumber stores. This size of board will render a 6-inch-high step. If you would like a 4-inch-high step, purchase a 2-by-4-inch board.

  2. 2

    Cut the 2-by-6-inch board into two, 27-inch lengths and two 10-inch lengths with a power saw or a hand saw.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of plywood into a 27-by-14-inch rectangle. This will form the top of your step box.

  4. 4

    Arrange the cut pieces of board into a rectangle with the 10-inch pieces sandwiched between the ends of the 27-inch pieces. This should form a rectangle approximately 27-by-14-inches and approximately 6-inches-tall.

  5. 5

    Place the top of the step box on the rectangle to ensure that the top is large enough to cover the rectangle. The top may overlap the base slightly which is acceptable and will not interfere with your use of the exercise step.

  6. 6

    Brush wood glue onto the boards where they meet and glue the bottom rectangle of the box together. Wipe away excess glue as you work with a dry rag. Let the glue dry completely which should take at least one hour.

  7. 7

    Turn the rectangle so that one of the long ends is facing toward you. Drill two holes in each end of this side with a 1/8-inch drill bit. Drill the holes all the way through the board and into the end of the perpendicular sides of the box. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the box.

  8. 8

    Insert a size 8 wood screw that is 2-1/2 to 3 inches long into each pilot hole you drilled and screw them into place. This will hold the box securely together and make it stronger than a box held together by only glue.

  9. 9

    Brush wood glue onto the top edge of the base of the box. Press the top of the box onto the glue and place several books on top to weigh down the top as the glue dries. Let the glue dry completely.

  10. 10

    Drill one hole at the centre of each side of the box through the top of the box and into the sides with your 1/8-inch drill bit. This will create four holes on top of the box.

  11. 11

    Insert wood screws into the four holes in the top of the box to secure the top of the step box to the base.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint your step box with any type of water-based paint to match your home decor.
  • Apply non-slip bathtub appliques or adhesive strips to the top of the box to prevent slipping during your exercises.

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