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Old 04-19-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
Sean Seale
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DIY squat rack

Hi there,

So i built this one a few months back and i thought I'd share it with everyone.

I wanted a rack (not a cage, juste a standing rack) that I could put away easily because I don't have a garage, only a small storage space for my CrossFit gear... I found the version with the two buckets full of cement but it wasn't the easiest to carry around and I couldn't take it apart for storage.

Here's what i came up with:

-A solid base starting with 3/4" plywood (some leftover that I had)
-Build up to the center using 2-by-4s and 2-by-6s
-Leave space in the center for 3x 2-by-4 (so 4 1/2" x 3 1/2") which will form the vertical part

Here's the cut sheet for ONE base:
Note: (2 x 4 x 16") => 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 16"

1x (20" x 16" x 3/4") Plywood Base
2x (2 x 4 x 16")
2x (2 x 4 x 12 1/2")
4x (2 x 6 x 7 1/2")

I used 10 x 3" Deck Screws to put everything together following my drawing.

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For the posts, I simply measured how high the bar was when racked on my sholders and cut a 2-by-4 a little shorter than that. That's the middle piece. The back piece is longer and the front one I cut so my wife could use the rack too. Another good option would be to cut it the right size for bench pressing...

Once everything was screwed together, I had to file the bottom of the posts so it would slide in and out of the base without too much friction.

I usually but my two Kettlebells on the bases when I'm putting some weight on the bar, just for safety. I've had up to 270 lbs on the rack and it holds. You can't throw the bar back in of course. But hey, this thing barely cost me anything... And I can put it away easily! Can't really ask for more.

Here's what it looks like put together:

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If you guys have any questions I'll be happy to help!

Sean
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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Re: DIY squat rack

Personally, I did 4x4's in cement buckets (WFS), but this looks freaking awesome!

Great work!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Re: DIY squat rack

what are the silver tabs that are bent outward to hold the bar?
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: DIY squat rack

Looks like flat brackets that have been slightly bent after they were attached.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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Re: DIY squat rack

aren't most of those brackets relatively thin metal? i know they aren't holding the weights but is there a risk they bend enough to let the bar drop off?
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Re: DIY squat rack

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Looks like flat brackets that have been slightly bent after they were attached.
That's what they are
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:02 PM   #7
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aren't most of those brackets relatively thin metal? i know they aren't holding the weights but is there a risk they bend enough to let the bar drop off?
The bar sits on the edge of the 2/4 and doesn't move much at all... The weight pushes down, not to the side.. I wouldn't attack the rack like Lukas Parker does but for anything else, it works well
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