How I Built my Tanren Uchi - JaseOnAikido 

How I Built my Tanren Uchi

Two or three months ago I built myself a tanren uchi. Afterwards I realised that I should have taken some pictures to illustrate how I did it so that I could write a brief "how to", as I couldn't find anything like this on the web when I looked before building mine.

Last weekend I thought I'd better weather proof it & took advantage of this time to take some pictures to illustrated how I went about building a tanren uchi.

This is a description of how I built my tanren uchi using those pictures. Not exactly a definitive guide, just a way that worked for me using the materials I could lay my hands on.

Materials:

The tanren uchi build process:

  1. I started off by drilling the holes in the tyre. I drilled 2 on either side for the 2 main supports & a few in the bottom for drainage. I used a 10mm multi-purpose drill bit which did the trick without too much trouble (expect a smell of burning rubber!)
  2. Next I worked out how high I wanted the top of the tyre to be (around waist height) & drilled the supports. I then used the bolts to attach these to the tyre.
  3. The next step was to attach the cross braces. Make a pilot hole to ensure the wood doesn't split.
  4. Finally, attach the feet.

The pictures below help to clarify the process I used to build my tanren uchi.

Tyre attached to the supporting legs
Tyre attached to the supporting legs

Close up showing bolts that attach the tyre to the supporting legs
Close up showing bolts that attach the tyre to the supporting legs

Close up showing bolts on the inside of the tyre
Close up showing bolts on the inside of the tyre

The drainage holes in the bottom of the tyre
The drainage holes in the bottom of the tyre"

The cross braces & feet
The cross braces & feet



The cross braces are to one side




...and then the other


Close up of one of the feet
The foot

Close up of one of the feet
Close up of the foot

First foot attached to the tanren uchi
First foot attached to the tanren uchi

Second foot attached to the tanren uchi
Second foot attached to the tanren uchi

Close up showing feet attached to the tanren uchi
Close up showing feet attached to the tanren uchi

The finished tanren uchi

The finished tanren uchi
The finished tanren uchi

The finished tanren uchi

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