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My home built benchpress
    #15073919 - 09/13/11 06:14 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

I built this press last weekend. Ive always wanted a benchpress at my home, that I can use at my leisure, not in a crowded gym full of sweaty stinky dudes fighting over time on the shit ass press they have. Ive got a fairly rigorous workout routine, with triathlon, mma and open water swimming, so Ive started putting together a home gym, entirely out of wood. The next to come is a squat rack, of the same materials.

I figured, go big, solid, or go the fuck home. It weighs about 190lbs, built with some 4x6 beam I had laying around, 1/4" angle iron an 5/8" steel plate I also scrounged up. Simply drew up a quick plan, cut the angle brackets to size with the torch (angle grinder if you dont have acetylene) and drilled the holes. 1/2" steel threaded rod to bolt it all together. What I ended up with was a solid, dead level bench that will not budge an inch. These pictures are before I mounted bar holders on the uprights, but they are just pieces of angle welded at 45 degrees. I also bolted a 2x12 plank on the backrest and got a nice 7 foot chrome Olympic bar for it. Pictures should be all you need if you'd like to build one as well!

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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: Totenkov]
    #15074063 - 09/13/11 06:43 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Nice! I've got a weight set I bought back in high school, and I've always wanted to get a bench press / squat rack. I will be watching closely. :cheers:


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: ifoundwaldo]
    #15074171 - 09/13/11 07:05 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Very nicely done, original.

Around here you can buy Oly bench presses dirt cheap though, used.


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: PDU]
    #15075140 - 09/13/11 10:30 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

thats cool dood. Cheers to you.


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: XUL]
    #15075187 - 09/13/11 10:37 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Cost?


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: LayinUp]
    #15075242 - 09/13/11 10:48 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

In my case, free. Had all the materials around except for the bar, which was 45 bucks Canadian. 4x6 beam is used for all kinds of things on construction sites. Burn a bowl, grab a buddy and go for a night prowl to find all your materials.


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: Totenkov]
    #15075302 - 09/13/11 10:57 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Motherfucker looks SOLID. What kind of torch is that, acetylene?


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: LayinUp]
    #15075356 - 09/13/11 11:02 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Yes. just simple oxy-acetylene. Was so handy slicing the brackets to size and piercing holes for the threaded rod. It was either that or laboring with a drill press and cutoff wheel.


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: Totenkov]
    #15075393 - 09/13/11 11:07 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

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Totenkov said:
It was either that or laboring with a drill press and cutoff wheel.




Yeah fuck all that, haha.


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Re: My home built benchpress [Re: Totenkov]
    #15076016 - 09/14/11 01:26 AM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Nice Job that thing looks solid as hell.



I guess I don't know how it works in canada but trying to pilfer materials from a construction site doesn't really seem like a safe idea to me


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