How to make a DIY Kids Wooden Climber (Pikler Triangle)

hey what's up i'm jay and i'm jamie and
today we're gonna make this Pickler triangle a rock climbing ramp the pig
wear triangle is a climbing frame that helps kids develop gross motor skills
and balance and coordination and basically just makes your kid really
awesome it was developed by a Hungarian pediatrician named Emmy Pickler over a
hundred years ago and parents have been using it ever since the idea is that it
gives kids a way to control how high they go which is not only safer than the
typical giant playground equipment but helps them develop confidence in the
skills they need we also thought it would be cool to add an adjustable
rock-climbing ramp with like removable climbing holds so we could add some
variety to it change it up and set little baby Boulder problems we started
off by trimming down some one-inch diameter of poplar dowels you can find
these at most of the big-box stores they're super easy to find each one got
trimmed down to exactly the right size which for us was about 30 inches I think
it's gonna look cool is if I paint either side of these poles and leave the
middle section like a natural wood color so I'm lining up up here and I'm gonna
square them off I'm sure they are all straight and Mark out six inches now I'm going to tape them off with some
blue painters tape so we get a nice clean line paint the edges we're gonna use my new
favorite stuff they'll paint milk paints really cool so it's non-toxic so it's
great for kids furniture it leaves no brushstrokes it covers well it's super
bright and now we move on to the legs of the
ladders which we also made from poplar it's a good choice because it's easy to
find at the store it's affordable and it's a hardwood so it's strong and
durable after we squared off one end of each
board we measured our total length and then we found that the cap of a mason
jar made the perfect 3 inch diameter round profile with the ends rounded off we then
measured the position of all the holes that the rungs of the ladder we're going
to sit in for all of the exact measurements there's a link to the plans
in the description below a quick single-pass around the perimeter
with a trim router and a 1/8 inch roundover bit give us a nice soft
rounded edge we then sanded each piece by hand to 220 grit with all the parts done it was time to
assemble it Jamie spent a few minutes arranging the color pattern so that it
would look good and then we started gluing up each side we work together by
applying some wood glue to the holes and then tapped each rung of the ladder into
place with a mallet once everything was together we
carefully put each side into some clamps and let them dry overnight up next were
the triangular pieces that hold the two sides of the ladder together to allow
the ladder to fold open and closed we used some basic hardware that you can
easily find at the store there are four holes in each triangle
one side of the triangle gets permanently fastened with two screws and
the other side has two larger holes one is a pivot point so the ladder can
rotate open and shut and the other locks it into place with an adjustable knob to assemble it we positioned the longer
side of the ladder onto one of the triangles so that the top and side lined
up nicely we clamped it on temporarily to drill some pilot holes and then
applied some glue and screwed it into place the shorter side then got clamped on and
we used a pen to mark the position of the other two holes this allowed us to
take it back off and drill two holes for the threaded inserts and exactly the
right spots we realized that the screws we picked up
were too long so instead of driving all the way back to the store we decided to
just trim them down to size to assemble the rest first two washers went in
between the triangle and the leg then a washer and screw get installed in the
top hole through the plastic spacer lastly a washer and the adjustable knob
go into the lower hole a trim router with a flush trim bit helped us make
sure the triangle was perfectly flush with the legs to build the climbing ramp we use 3/4
inch birch plywood after ripping it down to the width we wanted we drew three
lines down the length of the board that were about six inches apart we then marked a line every six inches
all the way down and squared those lines across which gave us a grid pattern for
our tea nuts this is how we're going to install the climbing holds on the board the t-nuts got installed from the
backside with each one getting positioned into the holes from there all
it takes is a single hard hit with a hammer and they're good to go since the edges of the plywood are a bit
too rough for our liking we're using some edge banding to pretty it up this
edge banding has glue on the bottom and once it's cut to size you can hold it in
place with some clamps and then use a regular household iron to heat it up and
stick it down the sides of the edge banding overlap a
little bit so we use some scissors and then a block plane to trim off the
excess you could also use some sandpaper for this we used some 220 grit sandpaper to
smooth out the corners and the edges of the ramp which worked really well the ramp is meant to rest on the rungs
of the ladder but we also wanted it to be adjustable so Jamie used some
leftover pieces of poplar and attached them to the bottom of the ramp the space
in between the two pieces is perfectly fit for the one-inch poplar dowels so it
fits snugly but can still be moved around these were easily attached with a
couple of screws and some wood glue back when we lived in our old house we
had one room that was the climbing room we had this cool wall built into the
side and basically that was all we used it for because of that we have a whole
box full of old climbing holds now if you don't have climbing holds which you
probably don't you can always order them online or you can make some out of wood
yeah I mean obviously not everybody's gonna have these holds but it is
actually really easy to make climbing holds out of just some scrap wood and
we're gonna show you how to do that real quick to start find a scrap of wood
around three to eight inches in length sand it really really well so the edges
aren't sharp and so there's no chance for splinters the holes we're using have
a hole in the middle of the washer so find the center of your piece of wood
drill a wider hole for the washer that's deep enough for the head of your screw
and then drill your second smaller hole in the middle some superglue helps hold the washer in
place and then you're good to go so I really like this one yeah that
one's cool no probably kind of sharp too but well not sharp but rough very
sandpaper yeah we need some big juggy holes for him yeah so climbing holds
have names so this would be a pinch because you're literally pinching it and
this would be a rail because you're sort of like grabbing multiple parts what
else we got this is something you called a jug because it's like a it's almost
got like a gonna wrap your hand around the outside of it and just really grab
it easy this is like a checkpoint okay this is called a sloper and they're the
worst you basically hold it like that oh and it's going to have to learn what
each type of hold is and make sure he is an expert rock climber five Tiny's – so
the other thing is we don't need a climbing hold on every single one of
these holes but the cooling is we can rearrange them all time we take some
away make it more challenging and we can incline the ramp differently
to like help him figure out you know well that thank you so much for watching this far
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