Punching bags are often sturdy and heavy. Thus, proper support for your punching bags is a must. In the case of punching bags, the recoil is as important as the enduring capacity of the bag. The heavy bags must be hanged from a strong structure to take punches and get rebounds.
Whether it’s boxing, kickboxing, or MMA, punching bag training is a must. But a sloppy structure or support system can ruin your training experiences. You have to ensure that your bag rests on solid supports to avoid injury and get your workout done properly.
The materials needed to make a punching bag stand are widely available near your hardware store. So, if you want to save money by DIYing all of the hard work, we’ve got you covered with our instructions on how to make a punching bag stand.
Before jumping on with the required toolset, let’s go over the overall plan once to get a clear idea of the product we are going to make. The main idea here is to provide firm support for a heavy object that moves. As a result, we’ll have to consider more room for the bag to rebound.
Also, we’ll be needing a sturdy anchor point for our frame. A large pillar or tree will do the job. We are going to make an X-shaped strong frame with two (12 ft X 4 in) pieces of timber, attach the frame in a leaning position with the anchor, and suspend the bag from the lying X-frame.
This lying structure is enough to give the bag support while securing a wide space for the punching bag to move. You can also consider a few alternate base designs from here, but make sure it gets enough support from the ground.
Required Tools for DIY Punching Bag Stand
First, we need two 4×4 wooden beams roughly twice your height. The wood type is not crucial, so select affordable and strong woods such as pine, fir, or sprout. Usually, you can go for a log that’s 12 ft in height. It’ll ensure that you hang the punching bag high enough to pound it into the middle.
Next, we will be needing an 8 mm eye bolt and matching eye nut. As the name indicates, an eyebolt is a heavy metal bolt with a big gap at one end. You can easily pass a rope of any kind through the bolt’s gap. Remember that the size stated (8mm) relates to the bolt thread diameter, not the diameter of the eye.
Surely, we’ll be needing at least 20 ft of rope. It can be of any type, but I prefer the synthetic ones since they degrade less quickly than the others. We will use this rope to sustain the bag’s weight.
Apart from these, you will need a measuring tape, a drill machine, a saw (perhaps), and you are ready. You can easily get all these products in your nearest hardware store. So, let’s make a punching bag stand ourselves!
Step by Step Guide | How to Make a Punching Bag Stand
So, we have gathered all the necessary tools that we need. Just remember to take sufficient safety measures before you start with our instructions. We don’t want you or anyone in your family to get hurt. Keep the instruments away from the kids, and pick a workspace with enough space.
Framing the Punching Bag Stand
Firstly, we are going to sketch out our basic X-shape with our timber beams. Take the measuring tape and the drill machine. Measure 2 feet from each beam of lumber and drill a hole on each beam. Hold the drill perpendicular to the board and press down on the power drill to cut a hole through the wood.
We are going to use the eye bolt here, so the hole should be 8 mm in size to let the bolt pass. Clean the woods off, and make a second hole 2 inches away from the top of each beam. Even though you won’t be placing an eye bolt through this hole, it’s wise to drill the holes the same size for simplicity.
Next, the timber beams must be laid on top of one other in such a way that they intersect at the first hole you cut in each. Next, wire the eyebolt through two beams’ lower holes and place the eyebolt on the opposite side. Tighten the nut with your fingers until it stands firm.
So, we’ve completed our basic construction and are now looking at the X-shaped timber beams. Remember not to tighten the nuts till the very end. Leave it a bit slack so that the beams may easily open and close so that they could be folded away as necessary.
Connecting the Weight Distribution Rope
Now, we will be using the 20 ft synthetic rope to link the eyebolt to the two holes of the beams. The weight of the punching bag is sustained and dispersed into these three locations so that the whole weight of the bag doesn’t hang on just the eyebolt.
Cross the top hole of a beam with 3 feet of rope. Tie the other end of the rope in a knot and thread it as well. Next, wire through the eyebolt connecting the wood with the second side of the rope. Thread the rope’s end through a similar knot. This creates a fine weight suspension point near the top.
Now, tie the ropes’ ends together with a double sheet bend knot. This robust node attaches the two cables so that the weight of the pounding bag is supported when it is connected. This knot is most common among sailors for its reliability and sturdiness. This video will teach you to make one in no time!
Then, attach a carabiner to the rope threaded through the two holes at the top. Simply press in on the spring-loaded side of the carabiner and slip it through a segment of wire that passes through each of the two top holes in your beams. Then, let go of the spring-loaded section.
Finally, on the end of the main length of rope, make an overhand bow knot. Then, thread a carabiner through the loop formed by the knot. Connect this carabiner to another so that this can be fastened to a tree or pillar to hold the stand’s weight.
Then we’ll secure the punching bag stand by tying the free end of the wire to the base of a tree or anything sturdy. You can wrap a second length of synthetic rope around the tree. This rope will support the structure as a strong anchor point for your punching bag stand.
The size of the wire will be determined by how far the stand is located from the anchor. You can go with 10 feet, that worked for me. Or, you can cut it only 2-3 feet long if you want to set your stand very near the support rope.
At the end of the support rope not connected to the tree apply a bowline knot. At the very end of the seal, the bowline knot leaves a tiny loop. Now you can easily attach a carabiner to the created loop. Join it with the carabiner attached to the three anchor points of the X structure.
Hook the carabiner linked to the X-frame to the carabiner on the rope tied to the tree to firmly anchor the stand in place. Adjust the stand so that it leans away from the anchor point at a 20-degree angle. If all things are done properly, it should remain firm on the ground.
Setting Up the Punching Bag
As we are done with the anchor, we can now take our punching bag and attach it to the frame. Firstly, you have to secure the stand’s own feet before you attach your bag. It varies depending on whether the bag is placed indoors or outdoors.
If you’re putting up the stand outside, cut wedges in the bottoms of the logs so they may dig into the grass. Again, if you’re putting the bag indoors on a flat floor, make sure the stand is level by cutting out at a 15-degree angle at the bottom. Use rubber to lessen the slipperiness.
Now, cut out 3 feet from the rope and run through each of these three anchors. Next, stitch two carabiners on a rope to fit your punching bag on top. Finally, lift your bag near the stand and attach all the heavy-duty straps of the bag with the hanging carabiner. Your punching bag stand is ready for action.
We reached the very end of our article on how to make a punching bag stand. Thanks for staying up till the end. I hope now you have enough confidence to make one on your own.
If you are completely new to wood or metalwork, don’t hesitate to take the assistance of a professional. Also, for clarification, you can go through this visual guide to grasps a better understanding of the DIY project. So, stay safe, stay hydrated and keep up the good works. See ya next time!