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Power Cage Build

hi guys

im considering making a basic home gym for when im away from the uni gym and i want to make a power rack for it. im confident i can make one out of metal (rather than the wooden ones i’ve seen) for less than i can buy one in a shop. i was wondering if anyone here has made their own metal one? the current design i have is based roughly around the bodysolid one we use at my uni, which has 3" steel box section with 1 1/2" tubeing for the safety bars. is this way too overkill? can i get away with say 2" box for the vertical struts and a smaller size of tubing or is this likely to fail. it need to vbe able to support roughly 440lbs at a maximum i would say