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FatMan
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2016
912 posts

DIY Power rack
Buff Dudes Power Rack

Seriously considering this for weekend project. I will have to figure out how to post pics to this site. Remembered this video from a few years back. Been looking at a lot of POS squat racks that cost more than this.


Jim Rockford
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Member since May 2011
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re: DIY Power rack
I thought about something like that. Quickly decided it was way beyond my capability. If you're handy with tools it looks like a great project.


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Aristo
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2007
10541 posts

re: DIY Power rack
That would be super easy to do. Make sure you get the black 3/4 from Home Depot because it can get really expensive.


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boxcarbarney
LSU Fan
Constantinople Street
Member since Jul 2007
16347 posts

re: DIY Power rack
Interesting. I would think this would be fairly temporary, in the same way a wooden car would be temporary. But for a couple of weeks/months, it could work. The price would be right too.

I also love how one of the guys is a discount store Thor.


KosmoCramer
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Member since Dec 2007
67545 posts

re: DIY Power rack
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I would think this would be fairly temporary, in the same way a wooden car would be temporary.


Why's that?


boxcarbarney
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Constantinople Street
Member since Jul 2007
16347 posts

re: DIY Power rack
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Why's that?


I guess it all depends on the loads you're placing on the rack. Those holes will splinter, elongate, and eventually fail. Its a great looking rack. But it certainly won't last as long as a steel rack.

ETA: I'm not bashing the idea. I think its a great project. I just wouldn't go into it thinking this this is going to last a lifetime.
This post was edited on 3/25 at 9:23 am


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Jim Rockford
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Member since May 2011
76496 posts

re: DIY Power rack
The holes are the weak link. If you didnt need to adjust the height (eg, only one person ever uses it) you could make a rack using v notches in the tops of the 4x4s for the bar that would last a lot longer. I'm not explaining it well, but I have a picture in my mind of what I'm talking about.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Central, LA
Member since Jan 2013
19375 posts

re: DIY Power rack
Like a squat rack?


Jim Rockford
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re: DIY Power rack
Right.


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SabiDojo
South Alabama Fan
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re: DIY Power rack
Stress over time would weaken it. I wouldn’t leave the bar on it. Take it off after every use


boxcarbarney
LSU Fan
Constantinople Street
Member since Jul 2007
16347 posts

re: DIY Power rack
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Stress over time would weaken it. I wouldn’t leave the bar on it. Take it off after every use


I would also anchor it to the ground. Imagine having 405+ on your back, you go to rack the weight and the whole rack shifts.


TU Rob
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Birmingham
Member since Nov 2008
10127 posts

re: DIY Power rack
I built something similar several years ago. I used lag bolts and 2x4s. And a thick piece of plywood as the base, and cut angled 2x4s to brace it at the bottom. I didn't leave weight on it. But if you did the notches and cut some angle iron and screwed that in, I think that would help with the weight on it.


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transcend
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Austin, TX
Member since Aug 2013
2221 posts

re: DIY Power rack
That's seriously impressive


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