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Making Boards for Board Presses


#1

I'm nailing together a couple boards in the basement tomorrow to do 2 board-presses next week (never done any board pressing), should I use 2x4s or wider 2x6s? I ask because I'm at my parents' place for the week, and don't have wood, saw, or hammer at mine.


#2

I made my boards out of 2x4".. I've been pleased with them :slight_smile:

Good luck.
Yours, Leash.


#3

Instead of nailing them try velcro -- then it is more versital. You can have a one board, two board or later add on for three or more.

Malinda


#4

And I would use 2x6's.


#5

2 x 6 for sure...sits better on your chest.


#6

Do most gyms allow people to bring 4x6's into the facility?


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#7

Here's my set. Five 2x6's cut into 12 inch pieces. One board has eye bolts inserted on the side where I can insert a bungee cord and wrap around my body to keep in place. The board with the bolts is the top board and I can use this to go up to a 5 board press. It works well and the only thing I might change is the length of the boards. Twelve inches works for me, but taller lifters might prefer a longer board to place the bolts lower. This way the cord is wrapping well below chest level.

I've never had a problem bringing them anywhere, and I've been to a few different gyms. You might have people asking you questions, though.


#8

malonetd,

What do you use to hold the boards together when you want more than a 1 board? Velcro, duct tape, something else?

Thanks for the picture and info. That looks like a really smart setup.

Collin


#9

When I do a 3 board or less the bungee wrapped around my body keeps the boards in place. Just make sure the bungee is pulled tight. It works with 4 boards too, but at this height it starts to get a little wobbly. I never do 5 boards, I'm only 5'6". Velcro or duct tape would work fine, but I would probably stick with velcro so it can easily be taken apart.


#10

That makes sense. Thanks a lot. I really appreciate the info.

take care
Collin


#11

Velcro's a great idea, I just screwed mine together and wrapped some duct tape on it.

I get some funny looks when I walk in the gym with my club looking 3 board press.

No one's stopped me though.

I like 2X6's btw.


#12

Nice setup.


#13

Thanks for all the replies, I'm lifting raw, no intention of ever using gear, so I think it'll just be 1 and 2 board presses for now. Will use 2x6s.