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    Rip,

    I ordered your rack from TSS today and Iím looking at materials to make platform to replicate what is used in the SS gyms. The height of the base listed on TSSí website is 2.375Ē. My simple arithmetic abilities tell me that Iíll need four 19/32Ē sheets of plywood to match up.

    Is four 19/32Ē sheets what is used for the gyms, or could you tell me what combinations of plywood/rubber youíre using to outfit the facilities?

    As I wait for the rack I plan on overthinking this in a ridiculous manner.

    Thanks,

    Steve Trapp

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    The platform is 3 sheets of 3/4".

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    Thank you, sir. Look forward to getting this rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trappasaur View Post
    As I wait for the rack I plan on overthinking this in a ridiculous manner.
    Most of the thinking has already been done, including diagrams (Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, p. 312-316). See also this article:

    How to Build a Home Gym | Mark Rippetoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trappasaur View Post
    The height of the base listed on TSSí website is 2.375Ē. My simple arithmetic abilities tell me that Iíll need four 19/32Ē sheets of plywood to match up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    The platform is 3 sheets of 3/4". [=2.25]
    Quote Originally Posted by J. Killmond View Post
    Most of the thinking has already been done,
    per the article quoted: "The platform/rack floor surface must be flush or you will have a significant trip hazard"

    2.375 =/= 2.25

    "three layers of plywood" and doesn't account for any rubber (equine stall/trailer mat)

    is it (3) layers of plywood + 1/8" rubber? doesn't seem right.

    Or just buy this:
    4x6 Platform for Starting Strength Rack – Texas Strength Systems

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    What do you think we should do about this 0.125" discrepancy, Fulcrum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    What do you think we should do about this 0.125" discrepancy, Fulcrum?
    I apologize if this seems stupid to you.
    It wasn't clear to me, as any other rack, half-rack, cage you just assemble what was ordered, plop down a bench, and start benching.

    The SS rack is somewhat unique in that you have to construct a front-riser, or a platform, or use a plinth, to be able to start bench pressing inside (safely) the rack.
    Most all other racks just sit on the floor. (inside-the-rack or outside-of-the-rack is the same floor elevation)

    The WFAC platforms look like they are topped with rubber mat.
    (Taking a 2nd look at the TSS site now, the SS-Racks don't even come with a rubber top.)
    So you are saying (3) 3/4" pieces of plywood,
    and then lay a rubber sheet over the exterior plywood platform and over the TSS interior base to hide that 1/8" gap/step?

    So that kind of makes sense I suppose, my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    What do you think we should do about this 0.125" discrepancy, Fulcrum?
    oh, I see now. Sorry.

    Taking a 2nd look at the TSS site, the SS rack doesn't come with a rubber top.
    TSS Site: "2.375" from the floor to the top of the wood platform"

    So you construct the front riser out of (3) 3/4" wood sheets,
    and just lay a/the rubber sheet over the step to hide it.

    My bad. Most all the racks just sit on the floor, and the floor elevation is the same inside and outside the rack,
    causing the confusion in my little brain.

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    Leave me alone, Fulcrum. Find something else to do.

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    Trap.
    Did you buy the SS bench?
    I ask because I did. Love the damn thing.
    If your spending good money on a good rack, think about the SS bench also.

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