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Homemade Weight Bench


#1

Hello chaps.

I'm sorry if I'm not posting this in the right forum, I wasn't sure where to put it.

Basically I'm looking into getting a simple, non-adjustable flat bench and I was thinking of making one myself (from wood). I thought it would be a fun little project and it would be cheaper than buying one.

I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with doing this (or something similar) and could give any advice?

Thank you for your time.


#2

No help for you there sorry mate, I just do without.


#3

Benches are too cheap to make one unless you are REAL good with some tools.

If my safety is a matter at hand, I will pay the extra cash so the shit doesn't collapse on me while trying to build my chest.


#4

Apex makes a good flat bench for like 50 bucks.


#5

Agreed. Who will you sue when you guillotine yourself on your whack-ass homemade bench? Think of the children, won't you?


#6

Thanks for the input guys. Howie - thanks but I'm Scottish and haven't found one for less than the equivalent of $65 over here. Not a huge amount, but I really don't have any spare cash. Good name btw :).

I think I should be able to make one that can hold up, as the heaviest I'll use it for is a 88lb kettlebell one-arm press at a bodyweight of 220lb. So it's not like it'll be withstanding massive weights.


#7

Lol I should have specified in the OP - all I'm planning on using this for is one-arm kettlebell presses, not maxing out on the bench press.


#8

You've seen this? http://homemadestrength.blogspot.com/2011/05/strongest-bench-youll-never-buy.html

Maybe a little overengineered, but looks good enough to me.


#9

Oh, I see. Carry on, then!


#10

I just don't really trust wood. If you could weld I would say go for it but wood just seems sketchy to me.


#11

Do you want the bench to be at a standard height?

You can make two boxes and lay them end to end. If you make the dimensions something like 2 feet x 2.5 x 3, you'll have a set you can use for pulling/plyo boxes as well


#12

Scaffolding planks are stout enough.
If you're going ultra-basic, stick bricks underneath it. I didn't use any mortar, but arguably you should
If you want padding, see if you can get some blue padded sheeting from a factory. It's good stuff and not too squidgy.
If you want uprights, I'd make them out of mild steel. Box-section works, but use a heavy guage.


#13


I took onboard what people were saying about safety and making sure that my bench was sturdy enough, so I've compromised on it.

Instead of building a full-size bench I've built a very low one, out of 3in x 3in post, that stands only 6in tall. It's very sturdy and, although low, still allows me to reach full ROM. Also it's small size means that I can easily tidy it away.

It's not a thing of beauty, but it does the job!


#14

Thanks, that's a great idea. The only issue is I don't have a dedicated home gym area like a garage or whatever, I just train in my living room, and boxes like that would take up too much space. Good idea though!


#15

nice, that looks solid

makes sense that you don't care about the height, considering you're doing 1 arm presses