Fingerboarding is one of the best ways to consistently build finger strength for climbing. That said, it is almost a prerequisite that every serious climber has easy access to a fingerboard, preferably in the comfort of their own home. The crux is finding a way to mount the fingerboard without damaging or leaving unsightly holes in your wall… this is where building a freestanding fingerboard mount comes into play!
The objective of this post is to build a simple, inexpensive, and strong freestanding fingerboard mount using everyday tools and materials that you may already have laying around your garage or shed.
Material List for Building a Freestanding Fingerboard Mount
A box of 3″ decking screws
Circular saw or hand saw
Two 6′ 1″x6″ strips of wood
Two 8′ 2″x4″ strips of wood
Two 4′ 2″x4″ strips of wood
One 3′ 2″x4″ strip of wood
Two small 5″ 2″x4″ blocks of wood
Two 3′ 1″x6″ strips of wood or a 1’x3′ sheet of .75″ plywood
Two eyebolts and quick links (optional)
How to Build a Freestanding Fingerboard Mount
Using your Freestanding Fingerboard Mount
Step 7 is optional based on how you plan on using your fingerboard mount. That said, given fingerboard repeaters are arguably the most effective training tool for building finger strength, I personally feel a fingerboard pulley system is absolutely necessary. For more information on fingerboard repeaters and the fingerboard pulley system, make sure to check out the posts on Fingerboard Repeaters – Training for Climbing and the Fingerboard Pulley System.
Also, I am using a basic Metolius Project Board in this setup, but I encourage you to get creative. Try mounting different pinch grips or a small “kick board” to train different grip types, almost like a mini system board. As long as the exercise type is static in nature (see notes), the sky is the limit… so get after it!
Quick Notes on Building your Freestanding Fingerboard Mount
-I chose the type and dimensions of wood based on whatever I just had laying around in my garage. That said, you can easily adapt the instructions to cater to whatever type of lumber is easily accessible to you. With that in mind, try to keep your vertical supports and braces at least 2″x4″ in order to withstand the forces generated from fingerboarding.
-If you do choose to install a fingerboard pulley system and need to offset more then 25-30 lbs or if you end up using a single sheet of plywood, you may have to modify this design to include another 2″x4″ length of wood running between the two vertical 2″x4″s behind and flush with the bottom of the lowest 1″x6″ in the picture. This will give you a much stronger mounting surface to screw in your eyebolts and hang the pulley system.
-Again, the goal was to build a simple, inexpensive and strong freestanding fingerboard mount using everyday tools. As such, this is not the most elegant freestanding fingerboard mount design I have seen, but it meets and exceeds all those criteria. Keep it simple, safe and functional…
-A little bit of “wobble” during use is normal, but use common sense… This design was meant for holding static weight and not supporting dynamic movements. Always check to make sure that your mount is in good condition and that there is nothing loose or cracked before each use. You are responsible for your own safety.
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