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Old 07-31-2009, 07:57 AM   #1
Adam Simpson
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Wooden Plates

Currently cannot afford bumpers, but saw someone using wooden plates. Now, I'm not up to using 45's in anything other than power lifts. Even with power lifts, I do not go heavy enough to induce bailing.

Also, for olympic lifts when I'm not at the gym, I'm outside my townhouse in the grass (slowly acquiring the equipment for a garage gym).

My question: I plan on building some wooden plates (probably glue two 0.75 or 1.0" plywood discs together for one "plate") to use for keeping the barbell at the appropriate height. If I need to dump a load on the grass, are the wood plates going to damage the barbell any? I'm thinking, at worst, the wooden plates would split or break before any harm came to the barbell.

I bought the oly barbell cheap, but I would like to make it last as long as possible.

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Old 07-31-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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Re: Wooden Plates

We used wooden plates for years when I was lifting in college. They'll outlast any 5-10lb bumper. We had old york bars, I think, and the plates didn't harm them at all. Coach constructed them out of really thick ply-no need to glue 2 pieces together, and they weighed around 2lbs each.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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Re: Wooden Plates

Just get some 3/4 inch plywood and trace the metal 45 lb plate on it, cut it out with a jigsaw/scrollsaw and cut the center with a 2" hole saw. If you wanted to get fancy, you can use a router with a flush trim router bit. That's pretty much all there is to it.

Some people use some good quality duct tape to go around the outside to help keep it from splintering. We have not done this, and have had no problems.

If you are looking for a specific weight, you can either double up the plywood, or make a thicker plate by placing some 2 x 4's between 2 pieces of plywood.

They are also a lot cheaper than the technique plates. For the price of 1 set of technique plates, you can build dozens of these plywood plates.

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Old 08-01-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: Wooden Plates

Absolutely, thanks for the advice. Exactly the answer I was looking for.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:31 AM   #5
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Re: Wooden Plates

Adam, on an earlier post I made I noted that a lot of wire spools for cable have end caps that are exactly 450mm in diameter, very convenient. Just pop them off, double them up with screws/bolts (they are normally pretty thin), and drill out the center hole to 50mm. Just mentioning in case you have access to them.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:30 AM   #6
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Mr. Gray,

Good looking out, I'll keep an eye open for those.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:59 AM   #7
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Re: Wooden Plates

This is an amazing idea. As soon as I can I will be off to Lowe's for a 1" sheet of plywood!!!
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:08 PM   #8
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Re: Wooden Plates

If you want to make sure that they really dont splinter around the edges, here is another option.
Cut the diameter of the disc about 1" smaller.
Buy some rubber mats made from recycled tires - Home Depot has em.
Cut the mat into strips that can be wrapped and taped around the wooden disc.
Seems tedious, but works great.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:35 AM   #9
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Re: Wooden Plates

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If you want to make sure that they really dont splinter around the edges, here is another option.
Cut the diameter of the disc about 1" smaller.
Buy some rubber mats made from recycled tires - Home Depot has em.
Cut the mat into strips that can be wrapped and taped around the wooden disc.
Seems tedious, but works great.
Sounds like a good idea. Can you post pictures of the finished product?
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