Making a Homemade Clubbell Dummy

June 15, 2009 – 3:54 pm

Kind of late to the Clubbell® craze? Decided to make one or a few more? The basic design has been used and noted by many on the web. For fixed weight, some have used plastic baseball bats, for just under $2 each at Wal-Mart. Cut a circle in the top of the handle and added various products. Many have used a circle, after trying an X that several people used. Some have had trouble pouring through an “X”. A complete circle was much easier to pour.

Filled with:

  • Flour 6 lbs
  • Rice 7 lbs
  • Flour and Silica sand 10 lbs
  • Silica sand also called handy sand pours very easy and is less messy than normal sand.
  • Sand 12 lbs
  • Cement 15 lbs - quick crete. Add some of it and some water until complete.
  • Cement and Lead 24 to 25 pounds - used lead tire balance weights; 80 pound for $5 at a tire store.

All except the 6 and 12 are pictured above. Add athletic tape to the handle to decrease the slipperiness of the grip. Also duct tape the handle portions of the heavier ones. Time will tell if the cement is heavy enough for the 25 pounder at it’s the outer limit for this design. Any more will require too much lead to get enough cement for strength.

Some have used 1.5 pound ankle weights to make them adjustable - the stretchy ankle weights pictured above with no modification. But plan to wrap a short length of extension cord around the far end of the club and duct tape it in place. It should ensure the weight doesn’t slip off. Obviously, this won’t work for all exercises, as it increases the size of the club.

Some have used some silica sand in a club and fill the remaining space with expanding foam, which creates an unknown chemical reaction between the sand and silica, leaving a slurpy mess. Don’t try it!

For the larger and adjustable club, some use a solid 1″ steel rod and 1″ rubber hose for the handle. Put goop on the pipe, in the handle area. Then put the hose on. That is easier said than done. Some required a sledge hammer to pound it on! Cut 1″ away and put a weight plate on it and pounded to final position. With the goop, the handle isn’t moving. Then put a weight collar on the handle end. Put a bolt in the hole and drill it through to insure it doesn’t come off. Then added tape to make a nice end to the club. Put another collar next to the handle. Then add weight. The above photo homemade design weighs 45 pounds. For increased safety, add two collars to the weight-side and put a bolt in place to insure they don’t go flying. 45 is very heavy!!

Homemade designs are unsafe and unpredictable! Here’s another example:

For more examples see:

And for the real thing, the commercial-grade quality Clubbell engineered by an aeronautics engineering firm…

  1. One Response to “Making a Homemade Clubbell Dummy”

  2. hi,
    this is I’m sure a stupid ?, but after you cut a small hole in the top of the handle of the plastic bat and fill it with sand….do you just cover the hole with the duct-tape? Is that how you keep the sand in?
    Just making sure I do it right 1st time!

    By rebecca on Sep 18, 2009

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