How to build the test of strength carnival game

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How to build the test of strength carnival game
Award prizes for playing. (carnival balloons image by LadyInBlack from

Test of strength carnival games are a great way to test your muscles while having fun. Traditional high-striker strongman games involve a participant hammering a small platform that in turn sends an eyebolt upward. The participant gets one shot. If he sends the eyebolt high enough up the high-striker to ring the bell at the top of the structure, he wins. Use the help of an assistant to build a test of strength carnival game for your own backyard parties or community events.

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Things you need

  • Wood
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Paint
  • L brackets
  • Bolts
  • Socket set
  • Eyebolt
  • Brass wire
  • Gong
  • Metal dowel rod
  • Rubber padding
  • Epoxy
  • Mallet

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  1. 1

    Cut a single piece of wood 3/4 inch by 5 1/2 inches by 14 feet high. This piece will act as the high-striker post. A 14-foot post is appropriate for an adult version of the high-striker. A post used for a children's version of the game should extend upward a maximum of 6 feet.

  2. 2

    Cut a 2-inch by 6-inch by 1-foot piece of wood. This will act as your base.

  3. 3

    Fasten the post to the base using two L brackets.

  4. 4

    Paint the markings on your post. Increments of 100 should be inscribed every foot along the post.

  5. 5

    Fasten a small gong to the top of the post with a threaded bolt. A bicycle bell or cowbell can also work.

  6. 6

    String a thin brass wire from the top to the bottom of the post. Insert a metal eyebolt onto the wire. Fasten the wire to both ends of the post.

  7. 7

    Cut a 1-inch by 4-inch by 1-foot piece of wood. This will act as your mallet strike board. Cover both ends of the strike board with a thick layer of rubber padding.

  8. 8

    Cut two 3-inch by 3-inch mallet strike board side holders using block wood. Drill a ½-inch-diameter hole in the centre of each side holder. Fasten the side boards at the centre point of the base, flush to the edge of the surface on opposite sides of the board.

  9. 9

    Insert a ½-inch-thick metal dowel rod into the holes.

  10. 10

    Tightly bracket the strike board to the dowel rod. When pivoted, the back end of the strike board should strike the eyebolt from underneath, sending it up the brass wire.

  11. 11

    Glue a thick layer of permanent epoxy onto the back of a 1-inch by 1-inch piece of rubber padding. Adhere the padding to the base at the front edge of the strike board. The rubber padding prevents the strike board from directly colliding with the base when it is struck.

  12. 12

    Stand the high-striker upright.

  13. 13

    Cut two 3/4-inch by 5 1/2-inch by 7-foot pieces of wood. These pieces will act as support braces for the post. Support posts for a children's version of the high-striker should each be 3 feet long.

  14. 14

    Bracket the supports to the sides of the post at the middle point. The support braces should pivot downward at a 45-degree angle to sit securely in the ground and provide appropriate support for the high-striker once the games begin.

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