Introduction: Weight Organizer, A-la-metal
So with all this pandemic going on the home gym scene is really picking up, if there's one thing worst then clutter it's heavy clutter! Anyone with a home gym knows it's best to have somewhere to store your weights, preferably out of the way so your not getting a second workout just moving all them plates around.
I solved this issue with some left over scrap steel I had from my squat rack build (more on that later), this is all from recycled metal ATV crates. I used a welder to get this all together because of the weight it would be holding, but if you don't have access to a welder. You could try and figure out someway to make this out of wood, especialy if you have lighter weights. If you want to stick to metal with no welder, there's always the good ol' nuts and bolts but that would involve a lot grinding and making plates etc... So do what I did and cough up the $200 for a small flux core welder and get making.
(So far I have built over $2000 worth of workout gear because of this welder, it retails for $399 I got it on sale for $220 brand new. You can find used one for a good price online or just ask you'll be amazed how many people have one just sitting in their garage they never use.)
-Metal cutting tools like a hack saw, reciprocating saw, angle grinder with cutoff wheels etc... (whatever you want to use to cut the metal)
-Welder ( I bought a small mig which runs a flux core wire which saves me having to buy gas. < but Gas is the next step and once I go there I don't think I will go back to flux core just to save on the mess)
- Scrap steel pieces
- Flux core welding wire
Step 1: Measure Up Your Weights and Steel
SO before you start cutting up your scrap metal pieces measure up your weights, this will help you figure out how many you will be able to fit on the stand.
Know your weights weight! My biggest concern with this project wasn't to see if my welds would hold, but how much the actual wall stud would hold. My scrap bar wasn't long enough to reach the floor and fit all my weights, if you can make it so that the steel bar sits on the floor and the wall is just there to keep them upright that would be best. Either way get some heavier screws to hold all this weight.
The main steel bar I didn't have a say in the length, all the smaller bars I cut on a slight angle so they would slant up. The length of these bars I figured out by measuring the thickness of my weights and cut them so I could fit 3 of them on one peg.
How I figured out the placement of the support bars was by placing the bar on the desk and the weights on the bar itself and spaced them out so they looked nice and even, then marked the centers with a permanent marker.
Then weld them on there! hammer them in line evenly if they are not all aligned.
Step 2: Mount and Test the Load!
Finally we get to mount our new racks!
First you need to drill some screw holes on the flat metal bar so you can mount this system to the wall. The size of hole will depend on the screws you use.
Next find a stud to mount this too, drywall will not support this at all, my area is nice and open so I just had to pick one. But if your wall in finished you will need to find a stud with either a stud finder or use any other way to find a stud.
Get your level out and make sure it's as level as possible and secure it with your screws ( or bolts) whatever it is you're using.
That's it! now you have everything off the ground and in a neat fashion on the wall!
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