Introduction: Bench/Squat Weight Rack

Whenever I'm entertaining myself by picking things up and putting them back down, I use this so I don't have to put things down on the ground.

I did most of the work on this at night, so the pictures aren't so great.

Thanks doing it first, now it's on instructables:
1) http://www.endofthreefitness.com/crossfit-equipment-homemade-squat-bench-press-stand/
2) http://homemadestrength.blogspot.com/2011/04/more-than-just-squat-stands.html

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Materials
1) 6 8' long 2x4's
2) 2 5 gallon buckets (I used these: http://www.lowes.com/pd_4853-1152-57640_0__?productId=3083565&Ntt=5+gallon+bucket&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3D5%2Bgallon%2Bbucket&facetInfo=)
3) 2 80lb bags of quickcrete (I used these: http://www.lowes.com/pd_10385-286-110180_0__?productId=3006075&Ntt=quickcrete&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dquickcrete&facetInfo=)

Tools
1) saw (I used a circular saw, but table, reciprocating, or hand saw can all get it done)
2) level
3) broom handle or something for mixing quikcrete
4) something to measure quarts or liters

Step 2: Measure and Cut and Connect the 2x4s

HERE'S HOW I CUT AND MEASURED
I cut 2 of the 2x4s into 5' and 3' pieces
I cut the next 2 into 5'2" and 2'10" pieces
I cut the last 2 down to 5'6" and discarded the rest

DOUBLE CHECK THESE MEASUREMENTS
The height of the 5' section should be right around armpit height, the 2'10" section should be a comfortable height to put the bar down on while benching, and the additional 5'2" and 3' sections just need to be tall enough that you're confident the bar can't role off of the 5' or 2'10" section.

CONNECT THEM
Using 2 1/2" deck screws, screw them together in pairs keeping the screws about a foot apart, and making sure to stagger them so that screws never hit each another.

Step 3: Mix the Quikcrete

Here's how to do it the right way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANkPGzAEAHI

Here's how I did it: about 3/4 of a bag of quikcrete plus 3.5 liters of water.  it will mix into a much more liquid-y mixture and will not cure as strong as the right way, but you won't need to bother with mixing in another container and pouring a thick mixture around the 2x4s.  Doing it my way the concrete should be strong enough and you can mix each in a bucket and simply sink the wood into it.

Sink the posts into the quikcrete, and use a level to make sure they're plumb.  Use scrap wood, saw horses, etc to hold the posts in place.  Give the quikcrete 2 days or so to set.

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JimHTP (author)2013-12-13

This seems perfectly valid and secure. For added security hex of carriage bolts, or even lag screws could be used to pin the 2x4's together, preventing them from separating. But with one of those little 1" barbells I can't imagine ever fitting enough weight on there to make it dangerous.

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