If you have a home gym, then it is definitely not complete without a power rack. However, most power racks are quite expensive and can cost you many hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, it is possible to build your very own DIY power rack that will cost you less than $100 and it will only take a few short hours to build. So, with that said we will now look at all the materials you will need as well as the exact steps on building your very own power rack.
The materials you’ll need are 7 pieces of 2 x 4 wood that are 8 feet long, 4 pieces of 2 x 6 wood that are 8 feet long, 1 piece of 43 inch pipe, gorilla glue, 2 flanges, a box of 3.5 inch wood screws, 28 bolts with washers that are between 5 – 6 inches, flat screws, pencil and a 90 degree flat bracket.
It is important to note that the length of the 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 pieces of wood would depend on your space and the height of your ceiling. After all, with the given measurements, the power rack would be 8 feet high and you need to ensure that when you do pull ups on the power rack that you don’t hit the ceiling. So, be sure to adjust the height if necessary. Also, you should make sure that your squat safety is low enough for you to fully squat. Simply use the lengths of wood to create the frame of the power rack and secure them with bolts that are 90 degrees from one another.
Once you have built the basic frame for the power rack, you should then measure where you want to put the flanges that will become your pull up bar. You should base the placement on your personal training needs and as mentioned before, ensure there is enough space from the ceiling to do pull ups. After you’ve determined the best points for the flanges you should secure the first flange, then secure the pipe to it and then place the second flange and secure the pipe to that as well.
You can then put the entire structure together, but be sure to start with the side with the pipe first. Once this is done the power rack may look complete but it still requires more structural support in order to be strong enough. You will need to add brace beams by cutting the remaining pieces of wood to suit. There should be two support beams at the bottom and back of the rack as well as in the front bottom of the rack. Once the supports are done, you will need to add bar holders so you can rest your barbell for squats.
It is best to cut these at 10 inches and secure them using bolts at 45 degree angles on either side of the power rack. You need to ensure that the bar holders are stable and secure so tighten them a few times. Once you have done this, your power rack is complete. This DIY power rack should last for quite awhile, but it is best that you check the structure every week and tighten all the bolts. You should also check for any issues with the wood and replace them as needed.
To wrap things up, we have just looked at how you can build a DIY power rack for your garage gym. This is an extremely affordable power rack and if you don’t have the skills to build it yourself, you can easily hire a handyman or carpenter who can build it for you.