With new companies pushing to go big, and veteran companies fighting to stay ahead of the curve in the world of OCR, 2015 is looking to be the year of obstacle innovation. With that, I imagine you’ll see the Weaver crop up in a few races this year, and with no good way to train for this obstacle other than to actually do it, I though it would be fun to make one. Of course, I wouldn’t want to keep all the fun to myself, so I’m going to show you how you can make your own. Cost: approximately $200
Now, just a few thoughts before I get started. Obviously, there are multiple ways that an obstacle like this could be built. I wanted metal bars so I wouldn’t have to worry about slivers, and other than that I stayed with wood to save on costs. I kept it low to the ground so my younger kids could enjoy it without me having to worry about them falling and getting hurt (horizontal is just as difficult as the A-frame designs you are used to seeing in military courses). And, I wanted it to be mobile and easy to take apart and transport in case I want to move it or bring to a training camp. Also, if you are over 6′ tall, you may prefer to use 7′ poles instead of 6′ so you have plenty of space to maneuver.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
-First, if you plan to seal the wood, it would be the most thorough to do it once all the individual pieces have been cut. But, you can do it at any time during the build before putting on the metal poles.
Here are the items you will need:
(2) 13′ long 2X8’s
(8) 16″X16″ (from the right angle) triangle pieces of 3/4″ thick OSB plywood.
(2) 6’X16″ plywood
(4) 40″ long 2X6’s
(4) 14 1/2″ long 2X6’s
(2) 69″ long 2X6’s
(7) 6′ long 2 3/8″ diameter chainlink fence end posts.
(14) 2″ two hole straps
(Approx. 1 pound) 1 1/2″ screws
(Approx. 20) 2 1/2″ screws
(28) washers or wide head screws for the two hole straps
(Wood sealer) if you plan to use outdoors and want the wood to last as long as possible.
(7-14) self tapping metal screws to ensure that the poles don’t twist or slide.