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How to make your own wood stilts

The video will show you how to construct a pair of wooden peg stilts. Our minimum requirement is a safe pair of stilts. Our maximum desire is to have a high level of joy! The skill level necessary is comparable to installing a new door lock.

It might be helpful if I explain my approach. Ideally you are using a good grade of wood and not looking to save money here because you are going to rely on these stilts to carry your weight safely. I weigh 165 and find that these stilts held up well under my use as a performer. That being said, everything has a life and eventually breaks. You are responsible to monitor your stilts. Inspect them each time before you put them on. Making sure the nuts and screws are not loose and there are no splits or cracks in the wood. If you are up and walking around and feel something is “just not right” then come down and check it out, it’s likely you can still avoid a huge equipment failure. Also, if you don’t mind the extra weight, you can feel free to alter the design and make the stilts out of thicker piece of wood. Instead of 1.5”x1.5” try 1.5” x 2” or 2 ½”.

Depending on what part of the country you are in, or the world. Some of the recommended supplies won’t be available. For instance, here in California, Douglas Fir is widely available and has been my choice for wood. When I made a pair for friends, while in Denver, there was no lumber yard that stocked Douglas Fir and I ended up using Poplar. What is important with your wood choice is it must be strong and knot free. Pine and redwood are not good choices for stilts because they are softwoods. My recommendations are Douglas Fir, Poplar, Oak or Ash. If those aren’t available then find what hardwoods are available in your area of the world.

We’re making something here and everybody will develop their own touch. I’m just guiding you thru my process and you might find certain things work better for you. Please ask questions if you are stuck at some juncture, fill out the Contact Form.

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  1. My son has a pair of wooden stilts made by Dave. They are very strong, so much so they will be passed on to the next child that is ready to stilt. Thanks Dave!!!

  2. Stephanie Humphress says:

    Oh well now I see it! Guess I should read the whole page!

    • Good work! I know it’s not as clear as it could be, and glad you found it. Would love to see some pics if you want to post them to our Face Book page. Have fun stilting.

  3. This made my day! Thank you!

  4. Jason Cohen says:

    I am making stilts for a Alice in Wonderland themed fundraiser for a nonprofit clinic for low income women, and the video on how to make a good pair of stilts was perfect. Thank you!

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