Monday, January 30, 2006

A Word Of Advice: Never Pay Retail

(A page of CrossFit Ohio)

As my dear, sweet auntie used to say "retail is for suckers". Besides, it's so much fun to make your own stuff. Saves on shipping and gives you that too rare sense of satisfaction in a job done the way you want it. The following are things anybody with a handy hardware store, a little spare time and occasional access to a welder with a sense of humor can put together. In no particular order:

Squat Stands

Indespensible. These have been loaded to 405# and work great. Black iron pipe and fittings all 'round, 1 1/2" for the feet and stationary upright, 1" for the adjustable upright. I had the welder tack all the places that might be trouble if they turn (the feet mostly) and drill the holes. The caps on one side of the feet can be removed and a 3/4" or 1" pipe can be slid thru both stands for added security.


1" pipe, elbows, etc. I need them for the mental security. Others would say "live with the ambiguity."

Dip Bars for Stands

Holes to match the squat stand legs. I wrap the horizontals with grip tape.

Dragging Sled

1" x 4" treated lumber, screws and glue. Add a 1 1/2" loading pin (pipe and flange) lag screwed to a good, thick layered center plate, you're ready to go.

Medicine Ball

Start with a nice, clean basketball. Cut a 3" "X" in it, fill it with a mix of sand and sawdust (just ask at Home Depot or Lowe's, they'll give you the sawdust). You'll have to tinker with the mix to get the weight you want. Someone more obsessive than me (yes, it's possible) will have to post the ratios. Fill it pretty tight. Now wrap it in towels. Start with one, tape in place, add another, more tape, on and on, until it's the right size. Finish with enough tape to cover the towels. I added some grip tape for, well, you know, grip.

Pull Up Bar

Pipes and flanges. This one's 36" wide with an 8" drop. If I pull really hard I can hit my head on the ceiling. I mounted 2X6's between the beams to fasten the flanges to. A little paint, as if it's always been there.

Plyo Box
5/8" particle board is plenty. 3/4" if you must but I think it just makes it heavier. Screws and glue. Any size you want. Measure twice, cut once. Watch your fingers.

Farmer's Walk Bars

1 1/2" pipe with welded inside collars though any solidly fastened collar will do. 3/4" handles 6" long. I love these.

White Board

Simple and cheap. $9.83 for a 4' X 8' sheet at Home Depot. Cut it to fit. The frame is optional.

Grip Tools

Black pipe mostly. And grip tape. And too much spare time.


Blogger Debbie said...

What did you cover the bottom of the wood with on the sled?
You didn't say and I know it will be difficult to pull easily without something covering it.

Love all the ideas, though. I've already made boxes, but with angled sides, and have been looking for a sled. Thanks for the help!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

Looks like flashing. You can get a roll of it from Lowes/Home Depot in the roofing department.

It is very sharp at the edges, so take care not to get cut. When you attach it to the finished product of your sled you can apply a bead of clear silicon caulk along the exposed edges as a safety measure.

9:54 PM  
Blogger alex said...

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5:37 PM  
Blogger nddillon said...

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8:38 PM  
Blogger nddillon said...

Below are my contributions to the homemade fitness world
2 weight sled ideas, an adjustable kettlebell, homemade medicine balls, and alot more...

8:40 PM  
Blogger charsi said...

Very nice and brilliant idea specially about squat stand and dip and safety stand. All i can say you are life saver. I have not seen any idea like that for squat stand on internet. Just a quick question when using black pipe u think schedule 40 is okay to use for 1 1/2" and
1" pipe. Keep posting
Thanks again

7:33 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

How much weight can the Squat Stands hold. Also do they slide up and down.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Gym.Hodgson said...

Some great ideas! - More grist t'mill...

3:24 PM  
Blogger magPossible said...

I want to workout in YOUR gym !

3:22 AM  
Blogger Roel Bobis said...

Very nice pipe idea anyway did you know any butt-fusion machine

6:42 PM  

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