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2005/07/28 16:55:03 (permalink)
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DIY Squat rack?

I'm looking to ge ta squat rack, but I'm a cheap and scabrous dog. I could spring for the Marcy one (http://www.gymworld.co.uk/prodpage.asp?ProdID=222) but it will be kept outside so a home-made and Hammerited one would be more appropriate. I got a welder recently and this looks like a fun project, so does anyone know of a good set of plans for sonething suited to taking a decent weight?
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    cu3ed
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 16:56:32 (permalink)
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    I think this is one for JWB.
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 18:58:58 (permalink)
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    By the time u buy the material/cutting equipment and drills etc it works out cheaper to buy the thing!

    We went through this a few weeks ago on here,if u search for it u will find it mate,I cant remeber the exact title of the thread or i would have found it 4 u.

    (cheap drills are usually made of chocolate so u'd have to get carbide ones for the size of the holes.......these are prone to chipping if used uncooled and can easily snap or shatter if u use them in a hand drill.They also cost big bucks!I think ud spent half the cost of buying a ready made rack on carbide drills,if u broke a few it would be more expensive to make ur own,HSS drills would burn out super quick drilling out large diameter holes through 2 mm wall thickness box section!,
    U also need some decent cutting gear,u need to be reasonably handy with a mig plant and have sanding equipment which also costs a fair few £'s if ur welding looks like pigeon sh1t!)
    post edited by gripperdog1 - 2005/07/28 20:35:01
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 19:15:03 (permalink)
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    Material prices have gone through the roof lately as well.........for such a small amount of material ud be looking at paying premium rate too!
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 20:05:13 (permalink)
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    Cheers cu3ed



    It cost me next to nothing to make, a few quid for the brackets and the wood was left over 2 x 4, its held 150k with me hanging on the bar.....

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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 20:07:55 (permalink)
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    oh, just read you will be leaving it outside ...... might need some ronseal !! , or a plastic sheet ... or a GAZEEBO !!!!
    post edited by jonnywildboar - 2005/07/28 20:08:30

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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 20:35:31 (permalink)
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    SCAREY!
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 21:06:07 (permalink)
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    Cuprinol does wood good That's a classy bit of kit, JWB. How heavy can you load it?

    I might just rip the idea off utterly. Tempted to do it in steel tho, as I've got the welder, and the cutting gear, and the sanding gear, and half a can of Hammerite in the shed, and a garage next door who throw out whole bars of stock metal as scrap from time to time!
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 21:12:59 (permalink)
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    here's what you want mate...
    http://www.joeskopec.com/scaffold.html
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 21:36:48 (permalink)
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    well the most ive squatted offit was 150kg - but i did swing off the bar (which could have been disaster) but it was solid as a rock, dont think i will ever need another one, yea steel would be real nice if you have the kit ... i'm an impoverished hobgoblin

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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/28 23:45:36 (permalink)
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    The Lay-Z-Boy is insipred by that scaffolding one. Something like Jonny's in scaffold pole would need, um.... (furious doodling) 12m of pole, 16 couplers including several hook points. Piece of pee. Off to the builder's merchants for me!
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/07/29 19:25:45 (permalink)
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    Post a pic when your done andy mate !!

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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 10:34:20 (permalink)
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    Got some scaffolding yesterday and was out til dusk with an angle grinder cutting it to length. This one's really easy: two each of 4', 5', 6' and 7' lengths (which works out great as scaffold comes in 8' (2x4'), 10' (2x5'), and 13' (7'+6') lengths from the yard.

    Here it is:



    It's as sturdy as all hell. I need to get it fettled: square off the wonky bits with a spirit level and get more rests on the sloping bar. I'm not sure about the open couplers as rests, though - might try to fab something a little more sturdy-looking for when I get it properly loaded.
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 11:37:00 (permalink)
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    its a bobby dazzler!!!

    good work my man !!

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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 12:28:04 (permalink)
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    I can't see it

    Lump

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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 12:53:08 (permalink)
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    Works for me. Try this link straight to the photo.
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 13:03:58 (permalink)
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    Andy,

    Hope you don't mind me commenting on the rack- looks good but think you ought to put a diagonal bracer in the back, ie top left corner to bottom right. It will help with the lateral stability (side to side wobble) & please make sure you check those scaffold clips are tight regularly- they're all that stand between you and a potentially nasty injury if they come loose or are bound on the tube.

    Best of luck with it.
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 13:22:34 (permalink)
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    Duly noted (I just didn't have enough bits for that as well). Right now, it doesn't wobble at all. If I suddenly go silent on the forum, you'll know where to find me :)
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 15:31:45 (permalink)
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    *wonders what building scaffolding was reported to be stolen from*
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    RE: DIY Squat rack? 2005/08/02 21:37:20 (permalink)
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    lol u lot have a deathwish specially the wooden one PMSL

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