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Old 10-25-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
Ed Croft
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Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

Sorry to keep posting just need to get moving as i have ordered a barbell and weights.

I was going to initially use the wooden rack cemented into two buckets. Has anyone had any issues with it breaking or falling over with the barbell on it.

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

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Sorry to keep posting just need to get moving as i have ordered a barbell and weights.

I was going to initially use the wooden rack cemented into two buckets. Has anyone had any issues with it breaking or falling over with the barbell on it.

cheers

Ed
I have no personal experience with it, but I'm sure as long as you don't slam it back into the rack I don't see it toppling over.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:43 AM   #3
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

I've been using my wood/cement squat stands for approximately 3 years now with no issues. They are plenty strong. I've had 350lbs on them several times, and I have even hung from the bar while the 350lbs is racked, with no problems what so ever. I do take care when re-racking the weight. They are stable enough, but you wouldn't want to slam into them. I used three 2x4's with staggered heights to create a J-cup at the top for each stand. I put a ton of screws throughout each stand and used 50lbs of cement for each bucket. Total cost was about $30. They'll eventually get replaced with some adjustable height squat stands, but for now they are awesome.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:13 PM   #4
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

I have a wooden cage (not just stands) that I've been using for 4 years... it's tough as nails. Since it's a cage I have no stability issues. If you're not slamming the bar into the rack you won't have a problem, but if you're concerned you could always make the base larger... attach the bucket to a 2-foot long peice of plywood or something before building.
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:57 PM   #5
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

I'm getting stands soon so I don't have any safety pins to stop a failed squat. I have some 2x4 sawhorses that are at the right height. You think thatd be safe with 300+?
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #6
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

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Sorry to keep posting just need to get moving as i have ordered a barbell and weights.

I was going to initially use the wooden rack cemented into two buckets. Has anyone had any issues with it breaking or falling over with the barbell on it.

cheers

Ed
I use the ol' 2x4 in a cement-filled bucket and it's working great for me so far. As everyone else has said, don't get too comfortable with the stands and throw the weight into them, but under normal use they work fine. For extra balance/support I attached 1'x3'x1" planks of wood under each bucket using some L-brackets (screwed straight into the wood and into the buckets), and that seems to help with stability a bit.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:32 PM   #7
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

How about this? (WFS)
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:28 AM   #8
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Re: Stability of homemade wooden squat rack

Wow! I would have never imagined that. Thank's for expanding my creativity!
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