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Kelly White
01-29-2009, 07:57 AM
I would like to try to make an atlas stone. It looks like a great workout that can kick your ass very fast.

Any one made one?

This looks sweet but a lot of work, any other ideas? I think I need to keep it around 150lbs, as I have no Idea how much I could lift with a stone.

http://www.ontariostrongman.ca/Resources/stone/fibreglass_mold/fibreglass_mold_how-to.html

Dave Van Skike
01-29-2009, 08:52 AM
I would like to try to make an atlas stone. It looks like a great workout that can kick your ass very fast.

Any one made one?

This looks sweet but a lot of work, any other ideas? I think I need to keep it around 150lbs, as I have no Idea how much I could lift with a stone.

http://www.ontariostrongman.ca/Resources/stone/fibreglass_mold/fibreglass_mold_how-to.html

i used a mold and have made several. never gone the homemade mold route and I suspect is could be a disaster until you get it dialed in. I'd suggest starting with another type of odd object and seeing how you like it. a tight sand bag or a keg filled with water and then sand will get you used to odd object lifting. I have a little 250 pound keg in my yard that I like. A 150 pound stone if you've never lifted one is a surprise.

Jay Cohen
01-29-2009, 08:55 AM
Kelly;

Check out: http://www.slatershardware.com/

Good stuff, great guys.

Jay

Kelly White
01-29-2009, 10:12 AM
Those prices dont seem to bad. It would take me about that much to make one plus a big mess.

What size would your recomend. I see you can make a couple of different weights with foam inserts or lead.

My deadlift max is around 375. Squat to ground is about 250.

The keg or other object would be very easy for me, but I want to leave in my backyard playground area, and I dont think I could pull off the keg in the back yard without getting slapped by my wife.

Dave Van Skike
01-29-2009, 11:49 AM
Those prices dont seem to bad. It would take me about that much to make one plus a big mess.

What size would your recomend. I see you can make a couple of different weights with foam inserts or lead.

My deadlift max is around 375. Squat to ground is about 250.

The keg or other object would be very easy for me, but I want to leave in my backyard playground area, and I dont think I could pull off the keg in the back yard without getting slapped by my wife.

the foam core is trickier than it sounds, adding weights is easy, larger stones are also easier for people with longer arms.

once you have it down you'll want a bigger one so i'd probably go 17 or 18 and try the foam core.

if your wife objects to a keg what makes you think that a concrete ball will be better? no that there is anyhting wrong with concrete balls in your yard, I have a couple right now including a big nasty 420 that belongs to a friend.

alternativley, you can get a little shed or waterproof box to put your toys in.

Patrick Donnelly
01-29-2009, 12:32 PM
The keg or other object would be very easy for me, but I want to leave in my backyard playground area, and I dont think I could pull off the keg in the back yard without getting slapped by my wife.

Keep it covered with a trashbag or something. When I kept my bumpers outdoors, I had them sitting on a milk crate (to keep them off the ground), and covered with a flipped trash can (to keep the rain off). Anything similar, just to hide the look of a keg, would do.

Jacob Rowell
01-29-2009, 02:43 PM
I'll second the slaters stone molds. Haven't used them, but used many stones that we're made at home using the slaters molds. If you're patient, they seem to come out great.

I've got a tight sandbag at 200#, as well as a 160 and 200# keg. I find all of them harder to manage than stones of similar weight, so it's certainly an alternative if you can't get around to making stones right now. Damn 200# keg blows my mind - I can't seem to do anything with it other than pick it up and walk with it!

Like Dave said, bigger stones do seem to feel better if you have longer arms, at least for the pick. The 315 at the gym I go to is a little larger than the average stone, and actually feels more comfortable with my 6'2" frame.

Dave Van Skike
01-29-2009, 04:54 PM
seriously, unless your competeting in SM, sand bag and keg are better tools I think, more versatile and harder at the same weight. 300 pound stone is heavy if you're little guy like me...a 250 pound sand bag is heavy and Nasty..

Adam Gagliardi
01-30-2009, 03:58 PM
seriously, unless your competeting in SM, sand bag and keg are better tools I think, more versatile and harder at the same weight. 300 pound stone is heavy if you're little guy like me...a 250 pound sand bag is heavy and Nasty..

True, true, but they dont give you the awesome stone rash that makes your arms look awesome, lol.....kegs and sandbags are definitely harder/ versatile, but no where near as fun, imo

Kelly White
12-01-2010, 05:15 PM
Old follow up, but I ended up making a "stone" out of a polyform boat fender/buoy. You can get them free if you are around the coast, because they tend to melt in the sun making them un-usable for nice boats after a few years of use.

Pretty cheap on ebay too. They have all sizes from 15" to retarted big.

I cut a small 2 sided flap in the top to pour the concrete (I actually used "precision grout" I think it is heaver than concrete) drilled about 50 holes in the fender for drainage and filled up half way with concrete, added about 80lbs of chain and then topped off with concrete. The outer material makes it easier to pickup (good or bad) and it took about 1 hour to make.

Small ones may be cool to throw, due to the fact that they are very grippy.

I think I have the A-2, second smallest. New it is 32$polyform (http://www.polyformus.com/doc/product_aseries.htm)
It shows 8.2 gallons of space. Concrete is about 18lbs/gallon i think, so with the chain it is about 225lbs.

Pretty cheap way to get a good implement.

The picture is a big ass one, not mine.

Dave Van Skike
12-03-2010, 10:40 AM
Old follow up, but I ended up making a "stone" out of a polyform boat fender/buoy. You can get them free if you are around the coast, because they tend to melt in the sun making them un-usable for nice boats after a few years of use.

Pretty cheap on ebay too. They have all sizes from 15" to retarted big.

I cut a small 2 sided flap in the top to pour the concrete (I actually used "precision grout" I think it is heaver than concrete) drilled about 50 holes in the fender for drainage and filled up half way with concrete, added about 80lbs of chain and then topped off with concrete. The outer material makes it easier to pickup (good or bad) and it took about 1 hour to make.

Small ones may be cool to throw, due to the fact that they are very grippy.

I think I have the A-2, second smallest. New it is 32$polyform (http://www.polyformus.com/doc/product_aseries.htm)
It shows 8.2 gallons of space. Concrete is about 18lbs/gallon i think, so with the chain it is about 225lbs.

Pretty cheap way to get a good implement.

The picture is a big ass one, not mine.

interesting. have you popped it out of the mold? I'm interested in how the low shrink grout holds up. I've made a concrete countertop out of that for exterior use but is was very slick and I was concerned it wouldn't hold up in my application. I could see it working well for a stone. Did you add any fibers?

Kelly White
12-07-2010, 06:32 AM
I did not pop it out, and I am not sure if I am. I think I am going to keep it in the ball. With the loop at the top you can clip in handels for farmers walks

As far as the grout, it holds up great (although it will crackif not supported properly on a countertop), and the specs seem to show much higher psi than concrete. I have done two outside countertops, and a interior countertop with the grout over the past 6 years, holds up well. If I was going to make a complete round stone out of it, I would use fibers. There are a few vendors that make countertop blend that does not show the "fuzz" from the fibers in the finished product, and needs no rebar. That stuff would be the deal for a heavy use stone. http://www.scpusa.com/index.php?q=node/60 Those guys are doing overhangs without rebar.

Dave Van Skike
12-07-2010, 09:24 AM
I did not pop it out, and I am not sure if I am. I think I am going to keep it in the ball. With the loop at the top you can clip in handels for farmers walks

As far as the grout, it holds up great (although it will crackif not supported properly on a countertop), and the specs seem to show much higher psi than concrete. I have done two outside countertops, and a interior countertop with the grout over the past 6 years, holds up well. If I was going to make a complete round stone out of it, I would use fibers. There are a few vendors that make countertop blend that does not show the "fuzz" from the fibers in the finished product, and needs no rebar. That stuff would be the deal for a heavy use stone. http://www.scpusa.com/index.php?q=node/60 Those guys are doing overhangs without rebar.


Thanks Kelly. That's perfect. I have some leftover grout I may try a small throwing stone..like a 25# Braemar stone with fiber and see how it holds up. At the end of the day, it might be a little too slick for an atlas stone.

Hugh Gilmore
01-06-2011, 03:20 PM
Hi Guys, I just happend to finally get round to making one of these, its sitting curing as we speak, unfortunately im broke and also didnt want to spend a fortune shipping a atlas stone mold to ireland so I knocked together a home made mold.

First of all I took a beach ball and covered it with paper mache, let it set for 3 years yes thats how long ago I started this, lol.

Then I covered the mold in "skim" its the finish coat of plaster that plasters put on block walls , half a bag will cost you nothing if you know someone , then I just added water to the power and smeared it on the outside for strength.

Today it got filled with concrete

its sitting curing now in two days i will try and remove it and see how it looks and let you know.

might have been a wasted post if it all goes pear shaped but its looking good so far.

Hugh Gilmore
01-11-2011, 07:20 AM
IT WORKED !!

Really suprised it did such a good job,

I have tried to up load a pic but its too big and im not sure what to do to fix that, i am going to Up load it to my blog where i have a video of the mould and will eventually have a video of the final stage

http://adversityathletics.com/2011/01/10/how-to-make-a-atlas-stone-part-one/

Matt Matijevich
01-11-2011, 02:47 PM
First of all I took a beach ball and covered it with paper mache, let it set for 3 years yes thats how long ago I started this, lol.

Great patience.


I have tried to up load a pic but its too big and im not sure what to do to fix that

Try this site: http://imgur.com/

Hugh Gilmore
01-12-2011, 08:16 AM
http://adversityathletics.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/stonevap.jpg

sorry i had a bad link in there, i have edited the link to take you to the how to article on my blog in my previous post and here above is the link to a picture.

yeah unfortuantely my circumstances have been less than ideal the past few years but, you have no idea how frigging big a smile i had after lifting it.

i havent weighed it but its estimated that it should be about 50 or so kg.