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Project by hutchmp posted 08-18-2020 04:13 PM 974 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been extremely difficult to find weights and weight equipment, so my son and I built a power rack as most of the gyms have been closed or curtailed their hours. I combined a few different ideas that I found on web searches. I am pleased with how the bracing worked, it’s rock-solid with no racking. I used dimensional wood, (2ea) 2×6 for the stations with 1 1/8 holes to accept ¾ black pipe that provides a safety stop for bench and squatting. You can change the pipe height to the individual user. We also added a lat pulldown machine that expands the capability greatly. The hardest thing was getting the holes on the stations to line up so the safety pipes would insert correctly. I drilled out the holes on the 2 corresponding stations at the same time, but we all know that wood does not always cooperate during assembly. The other thing I thought would be a problem was the lat machine vertical pipes. I focused awfully hard on keeping them plumb and aligned, but that is not the key thing. It is more about getting the upper pully positioned correctly and keeping the weight platform level. I oversized the holes on the weight platform so they barely tough the vertical pipes. I epoxied on some old drill bits to make it level. The total cost was around $450 for all the materials (not including the bench). A metal power rack with lat pull down online is somewhere around $900-$1400. Overall a fun build with my son and it is gratifying to see him use it daily. I hope this may spur some ideas for you!

Regards,
Hutch

-- Hutch





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metolius

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#1 posted 08-18-2020 08:10 PM

I’ve heard Covid has emptied a lot of available inventory of home-gym equipment.
This setup looks pretty well thought out. Stay safe!

-- derek / oregon

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Cornfed1341

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#2 posted 08-19-2020 12:00 PM

Very Nice! I may have to look into building something like that

-- Matt - St.Louis, MO - Marine Corps Veteran - 1341 - aka Grumpy Guy

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#3 posted 08-26-2020 01:04 AM

I love this. I’m thinking of doing something similar. Good job.

-- Todd, Ontario, CA

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