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Have you ever wanted to be able to punch through a brick wall? Well you probably can. All you need is a pair of heavy duty gauntlets to add some weight and focus all the force to a narrow point. It is like wearing a sledge hammer on each arm.

This project was inspired by Instructables user NightHawkInLight. I saw his project "How to Punch Through Concrete" and I just had to build my own version. So I would like to thank NightHawkInLight and recommend that you check out some of his projects.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Here is a video walkthrough of the project.

mchau23 years ago
the increased momentum and steel hard narrow punch, formula for destruction! I would love to see it in prettier more durable form, might be good for rescue mission!
GeekS made it!3 years ago

Great project. Was able to do it for $20 in a day, although the wood was splintered and had to be wrapped in tape and the hinge I used was slightly smaller than the one in the instructions. You also can substitute the belt with other things if you don't have an extra one. Can't wait to test this out on some bricks as soon as I have time.

GeekS GeekS3 years ago

actually, don't substitute the belt. They're cheap to get and don't break as quickly like the other strap I used before it broke a few minutes after the first comment.

seamster4 years ago

Nice! Also good for zombies, right?

No ! No ! No !

If you value your life, please don't let zombies see this instructable [:-O

Thanks for also adding the written tutorial in addition to your video. Some of us can't always view videos from certain locations because they are blocked, and we only have the written descriptions to go off of.

@gravityisweak: Take a look at :

Gamer Guy4 years ago

I would add one more piece of padding, just in case your hand slips off the handle so you don't punch the wood. Awesome project! Definetly sounds fun to go punch through walls!

it would be better if contact point was in line with the handle and forearm
wobblycogs4 years ago

If your goal was to punch through a brick wall then I think you'll need to revise the design as this one would break your hand long before you would get through a wall. Really all your doing is increasing the force by reducing the contact area. For a brittle material like brick that would almost certainly put you in the breaking range.

It would be interesting to measure the total energy of the impact. My guess is that you'd find it was lower as you would naturally pull the punch slightly due to the fact you are transferring most of the force via the bolt in your hand. Your knuckles and the back of your hand are going to be better at dissipating the energy up your arm and your design could be greatly improved by mimicking that force transfer e.g. strengthen the wrist and transfer the force of the blow directly to the lower arm.

It also add weight (about 7 pounds). In the tests that I did, the forces transferred pretty well. It didn't hurt my hand or arm at all.

JoshJ34 years ago

I don't want to be mean but this looks a lot like this from nighthawkinlight 2 years ago.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  JoshJ34 years ago

Yes. In the introduction I openly state the NightHawkInLight inspired this project and I link to his original video and his instructable page. This is my just my version of the idea.

nvan cleve4 years ago

These look great for pumbling a thief or break-in.

tjk19394 years ago

Nice, what's the point?

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  tjk19394 years ago
It is fun.
johnstat0004 years ago

This looks... Dangerous...

your breakfast spoon is dangerous too. please use spoons responsibly.

Nice job! Great instructions

fzumrk4 years ago

You can actually break a typical patio block with your bare hands pretty easily. You want to strike with the heal of your palm, not a normal punch with your knuckles. Set the block on the supporting blocks to maximize the space between the supporting blocks, which maximizes the span of the patio blocks. Strike the middle like you are going to punch through it, not to it. The patio block has relatively low tensile strength which makes it easy to break in bending.

I wouldn't try it with a normal size brick as it it thicker which gives it higher flexural strength, and the span is going to be much shorter reducing the flexural moment you apply with your strike.

If you really want to impress your friends, stack multiple blocks together with pencils in between them at the ends for spacers. It doesn't take much more force to break them since the momentum of the top block transfers to the lower blocks. The spacers are important. They keep the stack of blocks from acting monolithically as one thicker block, which would be much harder to break.

PS: Try at your own risk. Wear some heavy leather gloves if you are unsure of your skills.

Bard4 years ago

Interesting design,

to be honest it kind of looks clunky but it does seem to function well.

Have you tried a control test like trying to break the bricks without the gauntlet?

oh If it was zombies one might want to add a blade where the hinge goes.

M3G4 years ago