Hey I tried ordering jumping blocks 3x and each time I received them they were damaged in some way so I am giving up on that. Anyone known of anything that would make a good base without using wood or jump blocks. I was thinking milk crates.good idea?Bad idea? (kind of short on cash so something inexpensive and doesn't require you to but it by the pair for $80)lol
My husband just made a set of short standards...you need access to a saw though and have some handyman skills. Took a 4X4 10ft pole...cut it in half. That was $8 I think. Then took a 2X6 to ft board and cut it up to make the foot. Cost about $6 a board. Bought at Lowes. Take the 2X6 pieces and screw them on all sides of the bottom of the 4X4. Drill holes straight through the 4X4 for the cup pin. Set of cups is $8 from Dover. Wallah...pair of jump standards. Total $22. From that base you could add all sorts of fun stuff or make them wing standards...depending on how crafty you are.
We mostly use plastic lawn chairs, which sucks because it's a specific height. For small jumps, cinder blocks also work very well. I also built my own set of standards, and we're planning on building some more this year and purchasing some PVC pipe for rails. Straw bales also make awesome jump componants, either as standards (you can stack them and make a multi-rail fence) or filler for underneath the jump.
These are the standards I built out of scrap wood at my grandpa's, you can see how easy they are to put together. Just take a square rail, and tack four "wings" onto the bottom. For jump cups, I actually used pipe end caps which you can buy at a hardware store for like $4 each. Cut them in half and you instantly have two cups. Then I drilled a hole in the back, and at the moment I'm just using strong four inch nails, bent slightly so they go through the back of the cup and at a downward angle into the holes I drilled into the standards.