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child learning to walk on stilts
If there is one circus skill I'd love to master, it's walking on stilts. Being hopelessly clumsy and a bit of a coward, I'm not sure it's in the cards for me, but if you're looking for a fun construction project and a new skill, try out these DIY stilts.

The wooden stilts are adjustable, increasing your height by one to three feet. Here's what you need to construct them:
  • Wooden 2×4, 15.5" long
  • 4 3/8" wing nuts
  • 4 3/8" ID flat washers
  • 4 3/8" x 4" carriage bolts
  • 2 Wooden poles, 8′x1.5"x1.5"
  • Table saw
  • Drill
The instructions don't seem too complicated, but considering that you'll trust the final product to support you in the air, you'll want to follow them carefully, paying particular attention to the safety tips. I'm guessing that the moderate danger rating has more to do with the difficulty you'll have learning to walk safely on stilts than it does with the actual safety of the stilts.

Even if you're not looking for a new career as a busker, you'll love showing off your new skills and your homemade stilts.


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