weight rack

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Project by jamsomito posted 08-16-2018 03:22 AM 5061 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just clearing out some scraps, decided to make something quick that might give a slight bit of motivation for exercise…

At any rate, this is all 2×4’s. I used the dado stack for most of the joinery and just put a bunch of 3” screws in with spacer blocks all around to keep everything in place. The joinery takes all the weight, not the screws. Nice and solid.

I rounded all the corners and sanded it down. Thought about putting a finish on it, but it’s just going to get beat up anyway so I skipped it. One cool design feature is a 3/4” chamfer on the inside of the bottom rails so you can get your fingers under the grips on the weights you want. The chamfer is on the outside of the top rails because the weights are smaller and wouldn’t seat otherwise. I ripped the top rails down narrower because they don’t need to carry as much weight and it left a little lip on the ends from the legs so they couldn’t roll off.

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#1 posted 08-16-2018 12:06 PM

Nice work on the rack. I can see your joinery taking the work load. Hope it gives you the motivation to work out.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-16-2018 12:44 PM

Nice design and well built. Should last your for a long time. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#3 posted 08-16-2018 01:35 PM

very nice joints for that solid rack … so pink mean its for a girl ? … cause them would be all I could lift … LOL …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 08-16-2018 01:37 PM

Thanks. The 1’s are actually for our 1.5 and 4 year old. They try to be just like mom and dad, really cute. :)

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#5 posted 08-16-2018 06:58 PM

That is a nice rack and a fine organizer.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-16-2018 09:11 PM

Did some quick math – the bottom rail is holding 150lbs and the whole thing is just shy of 200lbs. I was originally concerned about a narrow footprint, but with so much weight on the bottom rail, you really have to tug on the thing to get it to budge, and even then it takes a ton of effort to tip it far enough to actually fall. This thing is going nowhere.

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#7 posted 08-18-2018 02:18 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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