I have many things to ask.
First of all, there was a thread created a few years ago titled “Building a power rack”, in which a js385787 claimed he made a homemade power rack which can hold 600lbs, with wood screws. I would like to see this power rack
Next question - metal or wood? Yesterday I went down to bunnings warehouse (the australian version of home depot) and asked what wood would be suitable, was told straight away “nup, dont even think about it, go metal”
My background in woodwork and engineering - completed a pre apprenticeship certificate 2 in VET engineering studies and half completed the same thing in building and construction.
That was all through secondary school, I’m not great with building, but I understand the basics.
So I’m no idiot. I get the feeling this guy from bunnings may be trying to trick me into spending more.
My uncles (one is a fitter & turner, the other works for hire a hubby) told me MGP 10 would be strong enough (structural pine). Not sure you guys have that in the US? Anyway, it costs AU$3.25 per metre, galvanised steel fencing (what another guy from bunnings suggested) costs $30.95 for a 2.1 metre (~7 feet) post. So around AU$15 per metre.
Bit of a difference.
Obviously, the better the quality, the higher the cost, but is it really necessary to make a rack out of metal?
All the DIY videos and sites I’ve found, which are mostly american, use wood.
And I am considering going to a scrap metal yard, I already drop off scrap metal at some local yards for my dad (he’s a mechanic), so I dont think they would mind me having a look and stuff.
The stuff I drop off for dad wouldn’t be suitable I reckon, not many posts or even post-like looking pieces.
We do have a welder at home and I do know how to weld, however, the welder is quite old, I have no idea how good it is, I cant remember it being used for years. And I haven’t welded anything for over 12 months, and when I learnt to weld (last year), I was pretty bloody average. Not sure if we have the cutting tools. We have a bench saw, but I think its for wood, ad we have a hacksaw, but fuck using that. Would take forever.
So, in summary - js385787, I would like to see your rack, is it wooden or metal? and can you show me plans for how you made it?
And, given the prices I shared above (and yes, I want the cheapest version, hence why I’m building a rack, I have very little money), do I go metal or wood?