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Old 11-21-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
David Westenberger
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How can I build a squat rack?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to build a squat rack/weight rack? I am looking to build something simple and easy to move around. I've already built a free standing pull up bar if anyone needs any help with that.
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:38 AM   #2
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

Are you wanting to build an entire squat rack? Or just some squat stands? There are tons of resources here, just use the search function to give you some ideas. here is an older post on this: http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=14331 (wfs). and also check out http://patrickhdonnelly.blogspot.com...djustable.html (wfs) for some starting ideas.
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:48 AM   #3
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

If you would like plans for a power rack then try to get your hands on a copy of a book called 'Beyond Brawn' by Stuart Mcrobert. he has proper plans for a power rack that you can just tke to an engineer, or just build yourself. Alternativly if all you are after is a set of squat stands then I have yet to see a better idea then the posts in buckets of concrete- very strong, and very cheap!
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:39 AM   #4
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

I built a rack, laminating three thicknesses of 2 X 4s for each post ... the middle lamination was done in pieces, leaving spaces for pieces of 1" heavy gauge square pipe to slide through for safety rails and hooks. There's a thread on it from about a year ago, that the search engine will locate.

Rack's still solid and working fine after about 2 years, using loads of up to #315. I think though that when I shift the location for my home gym next summer, I'll replace it with something welded ... esp. if my plans for increasing my squat move the direction I want between now and then.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:31 PM   #5
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

All I need is a squat stand. Thanks for the ideas. I think I am going to go with the posts in concrete filled buckets. Seems pretty simple
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:03 PM   #6
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

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The vertical posts are 2x6's, but 4x4's would work too. All other beams are 2x4's. Held together with 3 inch lag screws. The pullup bar is a 1" ID steel pipe.

has held up to 240 with absolutely no issues, I'm confident it could easily hold double that. Small modifications can be made if you want adjustable safety bars.

Cost: $80
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:39 PM   #7
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

For cheap simple and portable, you could add sawhorses (as safety rails) to the squat stands.

Various threads on here for making squat racks - try typing "homemade" and "squat" into the advanced search function using "titles only".
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:04 PM   #8
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

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Like this:

The vertical posts are 2x6's, but 4x4's would work too. All other beams are 2x4's. Held together with 3 inch lag screws. The pullup bar is a 1" ID steel pipe.

has held up to 240 with absolutely no issues, I'm confident it could easily hold double that. Small modifications can be made if you want adjustable safety bars.

Cost: $80
That is one solid looking homemade squat rack. Good job. A nice sturdy lifting platform would finish it off beautifully
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:45 AM   #9
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

I like this version of the 2x4 and bucket "Pillars of Poverty."
http://www.casualhacker.net/blog/200...-squat-stands/ (wfs)
I would be a little afraid of missing the notch on the other kind with just a 4x4 with a "v" cut into the top.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:55 PM   #10
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Re: How can I build a squat rack?

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to build a squat rack/weight rack? I am looking to build something simple and easy to move around. I've already built a free standing pull up bar if anyone needs any help with that.
Yes please. Hoping to get that done as a Christmas project and looking for ideas.
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