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 HOW TO... October 2008 

Make your own spreader bar

A spreader bar is a physical restraint device that can be used in bondage play. It's essentially a sturdy pole with attachment points at each end where you can fasten ropes, cuffs or collars. A spreader bar can be used in unlimited combinations with other restraints to put your partner into all sorts of fun bondage positions. The retail price of spreader bars can range from $30 to $100 or more depending on the length and where you buy them. I'm going to show you how to build a spreader bar for under $15! All it takes is a little "Swingenuity"...

How to Make Your Own Bondage Handcuffs

Everything you need...

• (2) 3/8" x 2-1/2" Eye Bolts
• (2) 1/2" x 3" Hex Sleeve Anchors
• (2) 3/8" - 16 x 1 - 1/8" Rod Coupling Nuts
• 3/4" x 3' Metal Tube
• Fine Grade Steel Wool

All of your materials can be bought at your local hardware megastore. I got mine at Home Depot where they cost me exactly $14.16 before tax. Conveniently, all of the materials, except for the steel wool, were located in the same aisle.

Step 0.5 (optional)

The metal tube comes as a 3 foot length. So if you want your spreader bar to be 3 feet long, go ahead and skip to the next step.

But if you'd like your spreader bar to be shorter than 3 feet, you should either cut it yourself (I used an angle grinder) or ask a hardware store associate to cut it to your desired length for you before you leave the store.

One of the advantages to cutting the metal tube in half is that you now have two! So if you simply double the other materials, you'll can make two spreader bars for only $19.83!

Step 1. in building your own spreader bar

Step 1.

Step 1.

You'll probably have noticed by now that your metal tube may be getting your hands dirty with grease.

Take a wet paper towel and a little dish soap and wipe off the tube.

Roll up the paper towel and try to wipe as far inside of the tube as well.

Theres nothing quite like a clean tube!

Step 2. to building your spreader bar

Step 2.

Step 2.
Take your fine steel wool, wrap it around your tube and give it a flurry of vigorous polishing strokes for a few minutes.

You should either do this outside or over a sink as there will be fine metallic dust which will be coming off of your tube and can soil fabrics or carpet... oh, and maybe you should avoid inhaling it too.

Step 3. to building your spreader bar

Step 3.

Step 3.

Put the Hex Sleeve Anchor into the tube.

I find that the next step is easier if you tighten the nut on the Hex Sleeve Anchor slightly before putting it into the tube. Tighten the nut just enough so that you can still slide the anchor into the tube, but it offers just a tiny bit of friction going in.

Step 4. to building your spreader bar

Step 4.

Step 4.

Once the anchor is inserted up to it's washer, use a wrench to tighten the nut.

It should be tightened until the anchor is tightly secured in the tube.

Give it a couple tugs. If it slides out at all, tighten in more.

Step 5. to building your spreader bar

Step 5.

Step 5.

Screw your Rod Coupling Nut onto the threaded bolt that is protruding from the anchor.

Tighten it, being careful that you don't accidentally loosen the nut which you'd tightened in the previous step.

Step 6. to building your spreader bar.

Step 6.

Step 6.

Screw your Eye Bolt into the Rod Coupling Nut and tighten it.

Once again, make sure you don't accidentally loosen anything from the previous steps. Everything should be nice and tight.

Step 7.

Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other end of the tube... and you're done!

Step 8... Use it!

There are many ways you can use your spreader bars depending on the length and what types of other equipment you have on hand.

Here are just a few examples of how you can use your new spreader bar in conjunction with some wrist and ankle cuffs or a collar (Which I'll show you how to build in a future issue).

These are just some of the ways that I've used my spreader bars. But with some creativity, the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!!!

Look forward to more DIY kink from Swingenuity in future issues of Kasidie Magazine. Until then, remember...

Build it...
and they will cum!

Your spreader bar in action

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About the writer...
SWINGENUITY is Kasidie.com's resident "do-it-yourselfer." If you've got a paperclip, some chewing gum and a rubber band, this sexual MacGyver will show you how to get someone off with them.
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