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Aaron C Bennett 11-08-2008 08:42 PM

DIY Plate Tree/Rack
I need to build a plate tree or rack to get my plates off the floor. Does anyone have any good suggestions? I found these:
Wooden Weight Tree
This is made from just 2◊4ís and a piece of wooden closet rod, hammered into holes. You could use pipe if you donít have a rod to cut up. With weights set on top where those nickels are, you can put your chain through them and walk up to it and hook them to your belt at waist height. Very convenient. (wfs)


Homemade weight tree (4 x 4 post, 4: 2 x 4 for base, drill holes through post insert iron pipe. 2 holes = for areas to hang weights: 20 (wfs)

Yes, those are actually plastic weights. Can't afford an Oly. set so I'm using whatever I can get my hands on for now. I've got the rack attached to a Tele-Post with hose clamps. If that doesn't prove strong enough I'll make some proper brackets. (wfs)

Or perhaps something like this out of 2x4's and pipes or dowels: (wfs)

Aaron C Bennett 11-08-2008 08:51 PM

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I also found this thread: (wfs)
I had a spare 16' 2x4 and 36 3.5" 1/4" lag screws and an hour to kill.. so I made this to replace my crappy homebrew weight tree 'cause I had to constantly take plates on and off to get to the ones I wanted. Now any size is immediately available. Total cost about USD$15. Compare to professional versions (which are very nice, don't get me wrong!) that cost upwards of USD$200 plus shipping. yeah, I know this one doesn't exactly take a Bob Vila to build, but it sure beats traditional trees and was very simple to throw together (no drawings, just guestimated and eyeballed everything, and is rock solid).
2x6 $6
plumbing floor flange $3
4" threaded pipe with end cap $3
not paying $200 for wall plate tree - priceless

Aaron C Bennett 11-08-2008 08:58 PM

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More ideas from old threads:

This thread gave me the inspiration to build a rack. I decided to take it one step further to get my DBs and KBs off the floor as well, since I have such limited space. Granted, it cost about $40 as it took considerably more 2x4s, but it's a tank! It also took me about 6 hours to design and build. The top is glued together 2x4s as well. The only thing I have left to do is anchor it to the wall. Thanks again. (wfs)


Got tired of stacking/tripping over my plates so decided to build a plate rack. i got the idea from pictures I had seen of the Columbus Weightlifting club weight room. Materials: 2--2" x 6"x 8's, a bunch of sheetrock screws, and a skill saw. rack is constructed just wide enough to keep the plates from contacting the ground, thoudh I doubt this matters much. (wfs)
Although this one isn't quite as useful for me as I need it more for my iron weight.

Aaron C Bennett 11-08-2008 09:22 PM

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Even more links: (wfs)

And another variation's of Clay's design: (wfs)


Just 2x4s, four 3/4" threaded pipes, and four flanges. Affixed to wall studs with 3 1/2" lag screws. holds my 10, 15, 25, and 45 bumpers and more w/o any prob. (wfs)
The first post in that thread shows one made of PVC.

Aaron C Bennett 11-08-2008 09:35 PM

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Even MORE ideas: (wfs) (wfs) (wfs)

Andrew Vincent 08-23-2009 05:49 PM

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Thank you for putting all of this info together, you saved me a lot of searching and ~$200.

I am going to Home Depot tomorrow to start building my own. I think i might put some castors (wheels) at one end and a handle at the other so, if I had to, I could wheel it around my garage. I will post pictures and let you know if it worked.

On second thought, you might not have saved me that much money, I'll probably have to buy a skill saw tomorrow ;)

Andrew Vincent 08-24-2009 08:29 PM

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Weight rack for my Ivanko bumpers:

James Compora 08-25-2009 11:22 AM

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did you put the wheels on it like you said...that would be a great idea, i have to shove all my stuff in tight places to fit other things in the garage, it would be great if i didnt have to bend over awkwardly to get my weights

Andrew Vincent 08-25-2009 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by James Compora (Post 651619)
did you put the wheels on it like you said...that would be a great idea, i have to shove all my stuff in tight places to fit other things in the garage, it would be great if i didnt have to bend over awkwardly to get my weights

Sorry to disappoint, no wheels yet...

I was trying to do some 7th grade algebra/math in my head about the amount of "mechanical advantage" I would get by having wheels at the heavy end.

Those green ones are 50kg...

So, some quick math...
Total "arm" length: 40"
50 kg @ 4" = 1/10 of 50 kg = 5 kg
50 kg @ 8" = 1/5 of 50 kg = 10 kg
25 kg @ 12" = 1/3 of 25 kg = 8 kg
25 kg @ 16" = 2/5 of 25 kg = 10 kg
20 kg @ 20" = 1/2 of 20 kg = 10 kg
20 kg @ 24" = 3/5 of 20 kg = 12 kg
30 kg @ 28" = 3/4 of 30 kg = 20 kg
20 kg @ 32" = 4/5 of 20 kg = 16 kg

Total Weight to the handle: ~95kg heavy I think

Aaron C Bennett 06-29-2010 05:47 PM

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I recently built one like the wooden one mentioned above from straighttothebar.
It came out very well. One tip I would pass on is to make sure you use the oak dowels. They cost quite a bit more than the regular ash ones, but they will take the weight that they'll be subjected to.

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