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New (to me) Bench and rack.

Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:48 pm
by wilburburns
I picked up the following equipment last week for a decent price off Craigslist. Obviously, it's in need of some TLC and even in some cases modification and repair, but I think I can make it work for a while.

Powerhouse Club 1950 Bench and attached rack (Incline, Decline, Flat)
CAP Barbell
Misc Weights (2x45 2x25 4x10 2x10) not all matched pairs cry

Convert Bench to free standing (done)

Raise the Rack ~8" so that I can also use it for Squats.

Build some Safety bars which are adjustable for Bench and Squat.

As shown, I have added a set of legs and converted it to free standing. It still has the ability to be set at incline, decline, and Flat. I also have a leg lift attachment, which is in the corner. I think it is missing a few pieces, but I'm not completely sure.

Don't worry, I won't be using the rack like shown in the pic (sitting on Bricks). This is only to test height and verify how much taller the rack needs to be. I will have to make a set of Legs/risers to this height.

At the height shown, it's just tall enough to use as a squat rack, and on the lowest setting, I can comfortably get the bar out of the rack when Flat Benching. I will lose the ability to Decline Bench though, but that doesn't really bother me at this time.

Most of the mismatched weight plates. I'm still looking for a good deal on a few more plates, especially some 45's.

Excuse the mess, I will have to reorganize the garage once I complete all the mods to the equipment.


Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:23 pm
by wilburburns
OOPS, I think I may have gotten a little carried away.

I decided it would be easier to change my design just a little bit and my 8" lift and a couple safety spotters has turned into .........


A Complete Power Cage.

It's still in the Build Stage and needs finish Welding, Paint, Bar Holders, a couple Plate Holders.

A few specs:
14gauge 2x4 Boxed
1/8" 2x2 Boxed Safety Bars
1/2" Round bars for Pullups and extra support
5/16" Bolts for easy adjustment

26" between the front and rear uprights
79" Total height

The Safety Bars will go down to 8" from the ground, to simulate Lifting from a floor when using less than a 45# plate. They are adjustable in 1.5" intervals

So far, I've spent way to much time working on it, but I haven't been out in the garage in a while to work like this and I really enjoy it.