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Balance Beam

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Recently we tackled the construction of a DIY Balance Beam for my daughter’s 9th birthday.Purple, no less :)Following is a detailed step-by-step guide as to how we went about building it.  **Note: This project does involve cutting and welding steel.  If you have a husband who loves to build things, that’s also a plus:)Here are the materials we used:(3) 2′ x 6′ x 10′  (cut down to 4 1/2″ width to make slightly wider than Olympic width of 4″)(1) 5′ length 1″ steel square tubing cut into (4) 22″ lengths. All ends cut at 22 degree angle.(1) 5′ length 2 1/2″ wide steel flatbar (1’4″ – 3/8″ thick).  We used 3/8″ thick.From this flatbar, we cut two cradles to hold the wooden beam.  Each cradle had a bed 4 1/2″ wide, with side arms 2 7/8″ high.We also cut the four rectangular “feet” from this same flatbar, each foot being…