Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DIY Agility Equipment Part I: Teeter

You might remember way back here when we took our agility class, our trainer told us how to make the equipment for ourselves.  Well, we've been planning on doing it all summer, but just finally got around to it!

The first piece of equipment we made is the Teeter or Seesaw.  We tried to make everything as close to the AKC standard as possible, which can be found here.

What you'll need:
- (1) 10' 2x10 pressure treated plank
- (1) 10" to 12" section of 4' diameter (minimum) PVC pipe (a junction works great!)
- (2) 1/2" galvanized bolts, 2.5" long with nuts

Step 1: Enlist the help of a handy friend to drill while you take photos.

Step 2: Measure approximately halfway down the 2x10 and mark a line across the width of the plank.  The teeter is to have a "raised end,"so this line should not be directly centered

Step 2: Measure and mark two (2) points along the line 3" from either side of the plank.

Step 3: Drill two (2) pilot holes at the marked locations with a 3/8"bit (make sure that you elevate the board when drilling the pilot holes).

Step 4: Bore the pilot holes out with a 1/2" spade bit

Step 5: Countersink the pilot holes with a 1" spade bit (these are meant to recess the bolt heads just deep enough that the bolt heads are flush or below the surface of the plank -- see photo below on what this is supposed to look like).

Step 6: Center the PVC pipe/junction and mark the locations through the holes in the plank and onto the PVC with a mark/pen/pencil

Step 7: Supporting the PVC pipe/junction, drill 3/8" pilot holes into the PVC pipe/junction at the marked locations, and follow up by boring the holes with a 1/2" spade bit.

Step 8: Bolt it together and enjoy!!

Check back on Friday for three more pieces of equipment!

Thanks again to our friend, Jeff, for helping us get this all put together and documented!


  1. Oh my Dog! That sure is a lot of DIY- not sure Mom could pull it off.

  2. I just can't see getting that handy myself but I'd have fun teaching the dogs to use it!
    Dog blogs: making me feel like a lazy dog mom since the beginning of time. =)

  3. I need to try and make these. I have a jump that I made and a teeter board along with a touch board. I think I will try to make a teeter like you have.