Introduction: Wrestling Ring for Action Figures (to Replace Those Hunks of Plastic With a More Realistic Design)
This is my first instructable so if i miss anything comment and ill be sure to give info. This is an instructable on how to make a wrestling ring for the 6 inch action figures(or atleast a walkthrough on how i did). Im making this as a gift for my son because the rings that are made by the toy companys are alot smaller than they should be... not to mention they''re going to do is gather up the materials we will need for this. Now keep in mind this is the first time im attempting to make one of these so if i miss anything ill add it back later.... not to mention im writing as i go...
Plywood for the ring mat
plywood for the sides and legs of the ring
something to act as the corner posts (i used the metal poles off of one of my kids broken camping style chairs)
something to act as the ring ropes (i used old ropes from one of my rings as a kid)
hook screws x12
flat tip wood screws x12
wood screws x20
old shirt (color should be the color you want the ring mat)
padding for the ring mat (bubble wrap Styrofoam ect.)
old sheet of metal or metal strips (i used an old broken cpu casing this will be used to connect our rings legs and sides to each other)
action figure to use as a measurement tool
old plastic or something to use as ring skirts
the main things i used were a saw, power drill, sandpaper, tape, and scissors (i had to use a rotary tool and a vise for my posts)
now... somethings may have been left out or have not been made clear it''t a deadset way to do this just have fun and be creative.
Step 2: Step 2 Cut Parts for Ring
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my mat is 15in on each side to make a square
my ring sides (aprons) are 14 and 7/8 inches in length and 3/4in on top and 13/15in on the sides that will sit around the ring.
In the end ill explain more on why i set it up this way.
Step 3: Step 3 Insert Screws in Sides So Mat Sits on Top of Screws
Now for making our aprons or sides let me be clear, I did this so weapons and fifures can move around underneath it IS much easier to place and make a box style ring and close it off... however i have 2 sons and my youngest would probably find time to spill something inside in which case mold could occur without me knowing so im going to make this with no bottom or box type siding... now onto Making our aprons for this i used screws that were flat im guessing here but i believe they''ll tear at some point not to mention just getting dirty)
Step 5: Step 5 Make Legs
here we''re going to cut our ring posts. For mine i decided i wanted the posts to be a bit realistic so i took the rods off of an old childrens camping chair and will cut them to around 10 inches or so. however it is much easier and simpler im guessing to use pvc pipe or wood (easier to cut and find ALSO holds the hook screws in better)
After we cut the posts we are going to drill 3 holes on the top half and 2 on the bottom (for positioning check pics) the 2 in the bottom will screw into our rings legs to hold our posts on, and obviously the 3 in the top will hold our hook screws and our ring ropes.
KEEP IN MIND your rings leg has 2 screws already in them, so drill the posts holes (centered) at the bottom of the leg and in the middle
After drilling the holes go ahead and attach them with screws to our rings legs and frame.
Next attach our hook screws (hold off on the ropes)
Step 8: Step 8 Making Our Base (or Stabilizers) and Adding the Ropes
the way my design is set up nce the opes are attached the legs wont hold allowing the ropes to pull our osts nto the ring...real rings have metal frames and connect the ring posts to either each other or the center of the ring using cables ... sooooo lets put 4 hook screws on the inside of our legs (1 on each leg) near the bottom and take some wire... i used the cheap wire that comes in the picture hanging kit for one and the other i used speaker wire
Once you flip your ring upside down connect the top left to the bottom right using your wire.
then take the bottom left and connect to the top right. your wires should make an x in the center.
after doing this add your ring ropes be sure to add each rope to the hook and then connect it to the second post that is in the opposing corner.
if your posts come in flip your ring and tighten the middle of your wires together until the posts are straight.
BE CAREFUL the hooks can pop out of the posts if the hole you drilled were to large... the ropes do have alot more tension to them than you would think.
Step 9: ALL DONE (RKO Outta Nowhere!)
For now im just going to add some plastic for my ring skirts so my son can enjoy his new ring. Later ill add actual ring skirts so it looks alot berter and will probably include them in an instructable somehow. WHILE I DIDNT COVER IT do not forget to cover your corner posts hooks this is another thing ill probably make later on but for now ill just use pieces of the old shirt that served as our mat cover. Again this is my first instructable and im sorry if anything (other than my grammar :( i know i was in a hurry) is hard to follow or if i missed anything. PLEASE inform me if my steps can be better. If i notice anything missing ill add it in and please feel free to help me or anyone else with tips on how to make it better. Thanks for reading and stay tuned next we''ll need to use your own measurements. I cut strips off of the same old shirt and then simply cut strips off of a piece of cardboard so that it would fit inside. After i took my glue gun, glues the cardboard pieces to the shirt. Then i folded the shirt over onto my cardboard pieces so that it would fit over our corner hooks as you can see in the pick. After being sure it would fit i took the velcro strips and put them onto the turnbuckle pads and placed them over the corner hooks. Yes its simple but very very time consuming. Well i hope you enjoyed the instructable and the add ons. I may add more later if everyone likes this. It is an excellent gift and a fun project. Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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8 weeks ago
What to use as rooes
Reply 7 weeks ago
Sorry just saw this... We used elastic rope they had at wal mart in the sewing section I believe... Also for anyone wondering the ring has held up over time ... Thanks for all the comments and likes
2 months ago
Cool cheap way to make a professional grade ring
3 years ago
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3 years ago
Very cool! Awesome the 1 last update 2020/05/28 ideaVery cool! Awesome idea
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3 years ago
Nice. That looks so much better than any of the rings that they the 1 last update 2020/05/28 sell in store. Nice. That looks so much better than any of the rings that they sell in store.
Thank you im just hoping my son enjoys it working on an entrance the 1 last update 2020/05/28 stage now just need it to be stable going to put a tv in it for entrance videos and musicThank you im just hoping my son enjoys it working on an entrance stage now just need it to be stable going to put a tv in it for entrance videos and music