Jake McCrary

Building a Onewheel stand

I’ve owned a Onewheel XR for about a year now. It is a one-wheeled electric skateboard-like device that is super fun for zipping around Chicago.

When I first got it, I purchased a small guitar stand. It worked but it was always a bit finicky and I was never satisfied with it. I had to sit the Onewheel on it just right to have it stay on it without causing the legs of the stand to spread too wide.

This resulted in me buying a second guitar stand and trying that out. This one was even worse.

I grew frustrated with these non-purpose built stands and started looking into purchasing a Onewheel stand. There are plenty of beautiful stands out there, both officially from Future Motion and from third party vendors like The Float Life.

Then I remembered that my old coworker, Tom Marsh, built his own and put the plans online. This inspired me to go the DIY route.

I thought that a stand made out of pipe would look pretty good and be easy to construct. It also gave me a good excuse to ride my Onewheel to Home Depot.

I explored the plumbing section of Home Depot and bought a variety of pipe and pipe fittings and took them back home to experiment with putting them together.

I ended up building the stand below.

onewheel pipe stand

onewheel in pipe stand

I think the above stand looks great and it was easy to build.

Here is the part list:

  • 2 ½ inch x 8 inch nipple
  • 1 ½ inch x 6 inch nipple
  • 2 ½ inch x 3 inch nipple
  • 2 ½ inch 90 degree elbow
  • 2 ½ inch 3-way side outlet
  • 2 ½ inch cap

I washed off the black coating using Goo Gone and then assembled the stand. This ups the risk of rust but I think that might actually look cool so I’m not too worried about it. You could optionally coat the pipes for some protection.

Once you have the parts the assembly is very straight forward. The only additional work I might do is to put some rubber feet on the bottom to prevent scratches to my floor.

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