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.
Last edited by SEOINAGE; 03-13-2011 at 11:34 AM.
thats a nice rack lol
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very awesome, looks like a great rack.
Thanks guys i think it will fit my needs nicely
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.
1.80 a foot for the square tube is the majority of the cost
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.
Anyways, look at Craigslist for plates. For bars, I found some good sites, but I'm in Canada.
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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.
Looks good, can't wait to see the finished pics.
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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.
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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.
$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.
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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.
Looks killer, SEOINAGE!
Last edited by SEOINAGE; 03-18-2011 at 08:07 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.
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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.
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Thanks guys, I think that for my needs very well