PDA

View Full Version : My homemade power rack, major progress



SEOINAGE
03-13-2011, 10:16 AM
Well I posted a long time ago about the power rack I drew up in autocad. well I finally buckled down and built it. I was able to use a shop and get all the metal at their cost, and a friend that does a lot of work for the place I work did the complicated welding and bending of parts. I will post up finished pics later, working on the top of the bench next, and having a upholstery place finish it.

It is a typical powerlifter rack. Band pegs, pull up bar on the front, sumo base. After I get it set up I will be squatting pulling and benching like crazy in it. quite excited to use chalk and not get crap, and finally be able to get back to a westside style routine. Now I just need to buy an affordable bar and plates.

I have 9 hours of build time in it so far, plus 2 hours from the welder roughly, and him helping me couple minutes here and there rest of day while he was on other projects. And about 80-100 bucks so far in materials.

Bosshogg300
03-13-2011, 10:59 AM
thats a nice rack lol

gmen5681
03-13-2011, 11:01 AM
very awesome, looks like a great rack.

SEOINAGE
03-13-2011, 12:12 PM
Thanks guys i think it will fit my needs nicely

theBarzeen
03-13-2011, 02:52 PM
wow..... you have one nice rack there.......

gmen5681
03-13-2011, 03:27 PM
thats only 8-100 dollars in material? that blows my mind. steel is ungodly expensive and i cant imagine that it is that cheap. but awesome if it is.

SEOINAGE
03-13-2011, 05:25 PM
1.80 a foot for the square tube is the majority of the cost

killxswitch
03-13-2011, 05:41 PM
1.80 a foot for the square tube is the majority of the cost

You must have a good deal through that shop if you're getting square tube for $1.80/foot. Is that 2" or 3"?

barryisawinnah
03-13-2011, 06:04 PM
awesome bro


good luck on finding some affordable plates

K-R-M
03-13-2011, 06:09 PM
Makes me want to open up Catia V5 and design one myself. Did you print a .pdf version of your CAD drawings? I'd love to see them if it's okay with you.




You must have a good deal through that shop if you're getting square tube for $1.80/foot. Is that 2" or 3"?

Hmmm yeah, perforated 2"x2" steel tubing with 1" thickness is about 50$/6' (low carbon and galvanized) through Mcmasterr-Carr... sounds like a great deal actually.

Anyways, look at Craigslist for plates. For bars, I found some good sites, but I'm in Canada.

SEOINAGE
03-13-2011, 06:41 PM
I will share my final cost in a day or two, I can print a pdf if you want it, i actuall designed it as a 3x3 rack, but ended up making it a 2x2. The 1.80 is what I was originally quoted on cost, he is also going to get me his cost on the horse stall mats that I am needing. He will have a final price for me tomorrow after he measures and adds up what i used, either way it saves me a ton over buying one and having it shipped. krm I will see if I can't print you a pdf and send it your way, although the drawing isn't exactly what I did as I changed a number of things when I actually did it. If I ever did it again I would have way less holes, and make an extra set of jcups to split the gap if needed.

Brian Hopper
03-13-2011, 07:43 PM
Looks good, can't wait to see the finished pics.

Mark!
03-13-2011, 08:18 PM
What are you using for the safety pins? I have a rack and am in need of some different pins instead of the ones that came with it. Looks good man, real good.

SEOINAGE
03-13-2011, 11:01 PM
What are you using for the safety pins? I have a rack and am in need of some different pins instead of the ones that came with it. Looks good man, real good.

half inch rod, with a sleave of stuff with a 3/4" ID. bent the end of the rod at a 90, and the other tube was scrap

Rugby Dad
03-14-2011, 12:08 PM
that's sweet Seoinage,
you guys that have the tools, space and know how should seriously consider accepting orders from forum members for customized stuff.
I been thinking of making a pull-up tower, but I lack all the tools, shop and not much of craftsman.

SEOINAGE
03-15-2011, 06:24 PM
$140.89 is what I paid for my metal.

rubber mats are going to be like 140 for a total of 6x8 area
another close to 140 for the plywood and glue and misc.

I also gave my friend 40 bucks for helping me.

As much as I would love to make and sell gym equipment, unless I developed a fast way to set and do everything or hire a kid to do half the annoying parts, which is possible it wouldn't be worth it. 9 hours of my time is 300 bucks. plus really paying a welder is going to be another chunk for his time, plus 140+ for mats, you are looking at being as expensive as anyone else on the market. but this way you get it customized if you want something specific.

ScottYard
03-16-2011, 03:12 PM
Very cool.

SEOINAGE
03-17-2011, 09:33 PM
Made a bit more progress tonight, wood section of base is done, wood cover for flat bench done with holes and the backing plate things, dunno what they are called that stick in the plywood. Coat of primer on the rack and parts that are getting painted.

cic
03-18-2011, 01:23 PM
Looks killer, SEOINAGE!

SEOINAGE
03-18-2011, 07:06 PM
Looks killer, SEOINAGE!

Thanks, a bit more done. I was putting it together, and one of the plates on the top cross members got put on backwards or rotated a bit. so I have been filing one hole so it lines up, just taking forever. Getting excited, although I might have to do the upholstery myself, because the only place around hasn't had anyone there, and won't return my call, guess they don't need the work. I can always order foam and cover, and fold it at the corners and staple it under, but I can't sew the thing right without a decent machine.

SEOINAGE
03-18-2011, 07:12 PM
I'm trying to find some decent hooks I can bolt to the platform to hook bands to for banded deadlifts, wasn't anything at my lumber yard, can try hardware store, or else make something. I have seen it done by other people, but don't recall what they used, if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

Mark!
03-19-2011, 09:56 PM
I'm trying to find some decent hooks I can bolt to the platform to hook bands to for banded deadlifts, wasn't anything at my lumber yard, can try hardware store, or else make something. I have seen it done by other people, but don't recall what they used, if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

They make actual band pegs for power racks, but don't know if they'd fit the measurements for what you've got. I did a google search and came up with several sized pegs for bands. I gotta get me some to use as well. My rack ended up being fixed with a replacement part they shipped me, so my issue has been solved, finally. Racks coming along very nicely man, I'm sure you'll get some good use out of that sucker.

SEOINAGE
03-20-2011, 12:47 PM
They make actual band pegs for power racks, but don't know if they'd fit the measurements for what you've got. I did a google search and came up with several sized pegs for bands. I gotta get me some to use as well. My rack ended up being fixed with a replacement part they shipped me, so my issue has been solved, finally. Racks coming along very nicely man, I'm sure you'll get some good use out of that sucker.

thanks i can't wait to be done and use it.

I actually drilled band peg holes and have the rod with backing plate for it but like u said the position won't work so well for deadlifts, but simply bolting something to the platform should work,

Kong
03-20-2011, 01:42 PM
Thats awesome. I've got a friend working on the plans for making me one. Its gonna cost about 100 for the box section and hes making the rest including the weights from scrap steel at work.

yibanbana
03-21-2011, 01:57 AM
Thanks guys, I think that for my needs very well

SEOINAGE
03-25-2011, 02:17 PM
Some problems, I finally got it bolted at the top, serious filing on one hole. Bolted it up, and I am going to have to loosen it back up and square off the bottom once my rubber is here and bolt it down, then tighten the top. Also i guess when it was welded together not everything was square so when i put a safety rod through it doesn't quite line up, so i am going to probably get a new drill, expand the holes a bit to make things work more smoothly.

Rubber top should be here first of next week, still waiting on my vinyl and foam to bill me and send it out. Bar is on its way, but weights still haven't gone out.

killxswitch
03-28-2011, 09:59 AM
Despite the setbacks it is looking really good.

SEOINAGE
04-07-2011, 08:28 AM
Still waiting on my barbell, not sure where it ended up, made some calls yesterday, they should figure it out today. But I have everything else, and just need to let my pos drill recharge to finish off the platform mounting structure.

One other thing I would like to do is have some hooks for deadlift bands, I am really struggling to find something that will work.
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hardware-Fasteners-Gate-Hardware/h_d1/N-5yc1vZase0/R-202034098/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
is close, but it has an issue of how do you even attach the band, I would like something like this with an open end. Kind of like this drawing i made as you see in my attachments.
Anyone know where I can get something like this, short of me fabricating it?

SEOINAGE
04-07-2011, 09:01 AM
I guess I could find one that looks fairly robust and cut a sufficient gap in one side and hope it is strong enough.

SEOINAGE
04-07-2011, 11:21 AM
another option was tie down anchors, and use carabiners so that you can open it and put the band through, problem with that is band will get scrunched in the small end, but I don't see that as having much of an impact on the lift other than if one is scrunched differently than another causing an extremely slight variance in tension.

Butcher
04-08-2011, 07:03 AM
Why not deadlift in the rack and use the band pegs? Thats how I do it in an Elite rack. The downside is since they are quaded I end up with going from 0-10 pounds at the bottome to 200 pounds at the top with mini bands which is a whole lot of contrast for me. Micro bands are a lot more manageable for me.

SEOINAGE
04-08-2011, 08:48 AM
Why not deadlift in the rack and use the band pegs? Thats how I do it in an Elite rack. The downside is since they are quaded I end up with going from 0-10 pounds at the bottome to 200 pounds at the top with mini bands which is a whole lot of contrast for me. Micro bands are a lot more manageable for me.

yeah i guess quaded bands would be doable, but I would rather not have to. In the past at gyms I would always weight down a preacher curl with bands on that end, and the other end of bands under a squat rack or something else. But it sure would be nice to just slip them on what I had in mind. I think one time I even quaded bands around a dumbell, it kind of sucked in comparison though.

Edit: still waiting on my barbell. Come on Buddy, I'm shrinking over here.

SEOINAGE
04-08-2011, 09:34 AM
Here are some pics of basically a finished project.

Tim K
04-08-2011, 12:38 PM
Looks great!

killxswitch
04-08-2011, 12:52 PM
Very impressive. It looks great. Do you have a weight tree already or are you going to make one of those too?

nickp8
04-08-2011, 01:05 PM
For a band setup for pulling you can screw in some eye screws or eye bolts and hook carabiners to them. Then you just hook the carabiners to the bands.

SEOINAGE
04-08-2011, 03:30 PM
For a band setup for pulling you can screw in some eye screws or eye bolts and hook carabiners to them. Then you just hook the carabiners to the bands.

Yep that is probably what i will end up doing, sounds like the easiest and most convenient method at this point.

Thanks everyone that thinks this is looking good too.

I want to make a weight tree as it would be extremely easy to do, but for now i am going to put some cardboard on the ground and lean them against the wall. I don't want to keep bothering the guys at the shop, already borrowed their drill and some bits today. Good news though is that it is finished, and the pins now make it through every hole and across through the proper hole on the other side.

So in the near future I have planned a weight tree, band anchors for deadlifts, and a box for squatting, just need to borrow or buy a saw to cut that piece of plywood i already have and i have a perfect size piece of foam left for a small box.

headache
04-19-2011, 08:51 PM
this thing is awesome, how much did it all cost to build

gmen5681
04-20-2011, 06:25 AM
on a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a pain in the ass were the drilling of the holes? im trying to get my guy to fab me up a "deluxe" squat rack for the gym, but he says he doesnt want to deal with the holes. so im thinking about having the steel pre-drilled for him so all he has to do is the welding.

SEOINAGE
04-20-2011, 06:30 AM
about 200 bucks for the rack, paint, bolts, everything on it. nearly 300 for the stupid platform. around 650 including shipping for 555 lbs of weight, and 275 bucks for a texas power bar with shipping. So I could have purchased a similar rack with bench for 800-1.2k shipped, that savings basically covered the cost of the other stuff. I could have saved more money being patient and finding weights and things used. I guess I need to count upholstery, with materials and labor it was like 50 bucks since i bought some good foam and vinyl.

SEOINAGE
04-20-2011, 06:32 AM
on a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a pain in the ass were the drilling of the holes? im trying to get my guy to fab me up a "deluxe" squat rack for the gym, but he says he doesnt want to deal with the holes. so im thinking about having the steel pre-drilled for him so all he has to do is the welding.

I spent four hours drilling the holes I bet. And then I had to make them bigger with a hand held drill, which was significantly faster, but still a pain and exhausting.

blong
04-20-2011, 01:19 PM
about 200 bucks for the rack, paint, bolts, everything on it. nearly 300 for the stupid platform. around 650 including shipping for 555 lbs of weight, and 275 bucks for a texas power bar with shipping. So I could have purchased a similar rack with bench for 800-1.2k shipped, that savings basically covered the cost of the other stuff. I could have saved more money being patient and finding weights and things used. I guess I need to count upholstery, with materials and labor it was like 50 bucks since i bought some good foam and vinyl.

What company did you find a Texas Power Bar from for 275?

SEOINAGE
04-20-2011, 04:35 PM
What company did you find a Texas Power Bar from for 275?

http://www.wwfitness.com/olybarscollars.html