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    Homemade Power Rack

    Hey guys, this is what I've designed and I'm planning on building over the holidays. I'd appreciate some input and your opinions for if I can improve it.

    what do you think?

    http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/a...Rack/View6.jpg
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    I have the gear for the bench press, but when it comes to the squat, the barbell holder I have is really dodgy and so this is going to be specifically for that, not for bench press's, and you dont really need anything for a deadlift.

    I'm saving up for an olympic barbell and some bumper plates too =D

    what do you think?

    Mike
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    Looks like a solid enough design, but how experienced are you at welding? Do you know what gauge tubing you're planning on using?

    Also I don't see any feet on it for bolting it to the floor


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    ^^^ Make sure you can bolt that on the front end too.
    Also, have some type of protection for the ends of the barbell where it sits. Thats a wide sitting and you don't want your knurling rubbing against that constantly. I'd also make sure that the barbell can sit flush with the bottom of the sitting, like a normal J-hook. Otherwise it's going to be a bitch to lock the weight out when you walkout. V-hooks suck and should be abolished from power racks forever.

    What type of CAD program did you use? You're going to need some decent gauge material for that design if you want any type of serious weight on it.
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    I would suggest some safety bars sticking out at the bottom so if you fail at the bottom of a squat you can kneel down at rack it at the bottom.

    Also, not necessary but might make it easier after a hard squatting session, but if you put some vertical bars on the top just behind where you rack it, it may help coz when you are exhausted you can just slowly move forward to where the barbell hits the bars then lower it. Saves you having to line it up when you can barely stand lol

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    Honestly if you are going through the effort of building a rack, why not make it more traditional? having some room for adjustment is really nice. not to mention you can bench in it if done right. The cost of materials really isn't that bad to get 11 gauge 2x2 steel. The hardest part of building my rack was drilling all the holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEOINAGE View Post
    Honestly if you are going through the effort of building a rack, why not make it more traditional? having some room for adjustment is really nice. not to mention you can bench in it if done right. The cost of materials really isn't that bad to get 11 gauge 2x2 steel. The hardest part of building my rack was drilling all the holes.
    Your rack is awesome Seoinage!

    I agree with you 100%.
    A standard rack makes much more sense to me.
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    looks like you will have to walk out quite a bit, same for when you wanna rack it...

    and zero safety? so if you can't get the weight are you just gonna roll it off your back and possibly damage your floor? unless you will always have spotter(s) available

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    I have seen power racks of the traditional kind (four posts, you do your squats inside of them) made from large wooden posts. Then you can have your safety pins and even a pull-up bar overhead.

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    The diagram for the wood rack looks stable and strong. But isn't it too narrow? I guess it would force you to keep a pretty vertical bar path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFabsik View Post
    The diagram for the wood rack looks stable and strong. But isn't it too narrow? I guess it would force you to keep a pretty vertical bar path.
    Looks like it reads 8 inches. Shouldn't be that much variance in the barpath, key word there is SHOULDN'T. Looks like if you FUBAR your squat or need to bail, you better dump and run like a mofo. Death trap perhaps would be a more fitting name at that time. I don't really understand the necessity of building your own rack. You can find a solid used rack online for $100 if you look in the right places, and even cheaper. My first rack was $50, with a bar and weights and it was decently solid until I started putting over 500 pounds on the bar, I bought a NY Barbell rack. I wouldn't trust my safety to my experimental dreams and hopes. I'm all about DIY, but not when it comes to having some heavy weight on my back that would make things really bad for the rest of my life if something went wrong.
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    Homemade rack is interesting, but why re-invent the wheel? Build a standard type rack and get a lot more bang for you buck - bench, floor press, rack pulls, squat, etc.

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    I have to say i agree with the comments above. Hit craigslist and find someones used rack for <150$. I mean I am selling my 500$ bench for like 150$ just because thats what its worth used.

    Safety is key. Good luck

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