furniture and houses are built to spread the weight evenly across the whole surface. the rack is only as strong as the pins, and there's a much bigger chance the wood is going to splinter than metal just outright snapping. with wood you HAVE TO put the bar down gently
Mine appear to be the same as yours. I'm just lazy and want a set everywhere I use them. I tighten them down to the point I can't unscrew them by hand.
Originally Posted by Corrie
They're perfectly fine. I have a metal rack because I bought it dirt cheap. But I was planning a wooden rack if I hadn't found the metal one. My bench is wood and it holds more than I'll be capable of benching for a long time. And when I reach the point where I need something stronger, it's easy enough to reinforce it strong enough that I'll never be able to bench more than it can take.
Originally Posted by skipbeat
Here are some photos of mine from last summer. I have added some equipment and painted since then - if I remember I'll snap a shot or two in the next training session.
Dumbbell rack (previously known as the work table in the garage):
Since last summer, I have added:
* a bench (was previously using a milk crate & the small plyo platform) (TDS brand)
* 280lbs of plates
* rafter-mounted pullup bar
* more reading material
* a couple of motivational posters
* An iPod dock - but the radio still works to listen to the Phillies games
* a LOT of bent / scrolled metal - bolts / horseshoes / rebar / flat stock
I painted the squat cage red a month or two ago, with rattle cans. It turned out decent, but if I ever do it again, it will be shipped out to be professionally done.
I got all of the gold dumbbells at a yard sale for $40. The globe ones are the old York style, which I think is pretty neat.
I mistakenly bought a belt that was too large (the one on the right in the photo). Any big guys on the board need one at a ridiculously discounted rate? (I paid ~$50 from APT pro straps, but am willing to sell it for $25. PM me for details / measurement.
chebass - what do you do with the bent rebar, horseshoes, etc?
Did you buy a rafter mounted pull-up bar or make one yourself?
I bent the metal myself, like Alexander Zass, Slim the Hammerman, The Mighty Atom, etc. What to do with them? I plan to weld them into a massive sculpture for my garden.
Originally Posted by yorick
I bought the rafter-mounted pull-up bar from New York Barbell. http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/0575b.html"]This model. It works nicely.
Mad jealous of those dumbbells. Awesome
Personally I love the wood rack + saw horse setup haha. It's cool as shit. Although I'm probably going to get metal ones since I train others, and wouldn't want them to have mental hangups about it. But if it was just myself, hell yeah I'd do that.
While waiting for a steel post to be erected at work, we built the second floor, which is two bedrooms (frame and roof weight), and held one corner up with two 90x45 pine studs. Yesterday there was also about 7 people up there + tools and materials.
Timber is strong as fuck.
Here's a few of my garage set up. It'll be collecting dust for another 6 weeks, but will be seeing some work after that. Next addition will be a prowler sled. I should be able to use it while rehabbing.
Took a couple shots of my home gym setup down in the laundry room. Pretty compact, about $1000 invested total. Equipment is as follows: Parabody squat rack and adjustable dumbbells (95 pounds), Rogue Castro bar (bought before I knew what a douche Castro is, further confirmed by the lack of center knurling on the bar), homemade bench I hacked together out of strut channel as a clone of Rogue's bolt-together utility bench, a ghetto Oly plate-loaded kettlebell, two pairs of conventional KBs (18 and 26 pounds), a box with bands, wraps, a velcro belt, a new Best Belts athlete belt. Not pictured: weight tree with iron plates and some cheap bumpers (a pair of 45s and 25s). Most of this shit came from CL, only the bar, bumpers and bench didn't.
Last edited by J.T.; 06-23-2012 at 05:12 PM.