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This Instructable shows you how to make a relatively simple pull-up bar that installs in the ceiling. Some other designs require mounting a bar to a 2x4 which is bolted across several joists or studs; with this method, you can just use two simple eye bolts to mount it directly to the joists.

Step 1: Materials

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I got all the materials at the hardware store.  It cost less than $30, which was cheaper than the wall or ceiling bars I found online.  You will need:

1  36" length of 1" electrical conduit
4  3/8" quick links
2  3/8" S-hooks
2  3/8" x 4" eye bolts with nuts
2  3/8" x 4 1/2" eye bolts with screw threads
2  3/8" washers

power drill
3/8"  and 5/16" drill bits
screwdriver
wrench/pliers
measuring tape

Make sure that the hardware you buy has a load rating appropriate for the amount of weight you'll be putting on the bar.  The lowest rated part I used was the eye bolts, and they were rated for 160 lbs.  With two of them, you should be covered under most reasonable use.  All of the measurements and hardware sizes are adjustable - I just bought the heftiest looking parts I could find in the store.  For the bar itself, I chose aluminum so that I could drill easily through it - at this length it was clearly strong enough to support weight without bending.

 
brianroelofs4 months ago

I made mine just a bit wider as wide-grip pull-ups better target the lats. I am also living dangerously using 1 1/4" dowel instead of conduit. (I don't weigh that much though). Really appreciate the instructions.

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MarkS37 made it!5 months ago

Awesome design and easy to make. I'm using it in my office every hour until my full workout after work. Thank you for you instructions!!

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rimar20002 years ago
Please, use a net under!