Wooden Power Rack
OK first off don't think that building a wooden power rack is crazy! It really is not and the truth is most people are not going to be doing 500lb+ lifts and this could prob even handle that if it had too.
Truth is I would have loved to buy a Rogue squat stand or power rack, but at $600 it was just not in the cards.
I am also 6'3″ and most things are not built for tall people so I figure I could build something a bit more custom around me and that is just what I did.
I did a lot of research online to see what others had built. Here are some sites that have awesome wood power rack plans and pictures you can get some ideas from. Much more details there then my post, but hey… like I said this will get you thinking… Thanks guys you helped me out a lot! There were countless other sites and google images I looked at as well.
Building The Foundation Of Your Wood Power Cage
Watch The Video
I wanted to use 2 – 2×6's just to be safe. I have seen others only using 1, but I figured I might as well add some more stability to it. Don't use the treated wood unless you were doing this outside. It will shrink and twist on you. I built a dock years back with treated and had to actually use a crank rope to get the boards touching each other. After they dried out there was a 1/4 inch gap between them… so moral of story use untreated wood for your rack 😉
Walk Through Of The Wood Power Rack
I have all the receipts at home and the exact pieces I will update below, I just forgot them today and wanted to get this post up and running.
Things I Would Have Done Differently
- If you notice in the video how I made it a bit too wide so the Olympic barbell did not fit. Hindsight I would have set the 2 2×6's like they did here,but that would have made it hard to drill holes for the bar supports.
- Or I may have just made it a bit more narrow. I did want it as wide as possible since I am a bigger guy. Also the pull up bar is a 43″ pipe so I did not want to deal with getting it cut, but like I said in the video I had to take it back and get it cut anyway because it was too wife.
- So the age old saying…. measure twice, cut once!
What I Used For The Bar Supports.
Does This Looks Like Way Too Much Work???
You don't have to build one, but if money is an issue then this is the way to go. I will get the total, but I do not think I spent over $175 on this and I built it to my specifics for my surroundings. If you have the money and want to buy a real metal power cage then here are a few places to check out.
- If I had the money I would have bought this Rogue R-4 Power Rack
- I did a lot of searching on Amazon so take a look there. You can find a lot of brands and if you have prime you can get FREE Shipping. Free shipping is a must on something like this.
Hope this helps you in some way, shape, or form. I would love to hear feedback, and if you have any questions just leave them below. Thanks!
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Jack of all trades... master of none! Father of 3 awesome boys, husband to 1 amazing wife! Obstacle racer, procrastinator, computer nerd, trying not to follow the herd!