How to Make a Homemade Weight Bench


Lifting weights is a great way to keep your muscles looking great. A gym pass, however, can get very expensive, and waiting in line to get on a piece of equipment to work out is ridiculous. Purchasing free weights and building your own weight bench can bring the gym to your home. Building a homemade weight bench requires very few supplies and is surprisingly easy.

Things You'll Need

  • MIG welder 10 foot of 2 inch square tubing 4 foot of 2-by-1/4 inch strap iron 3-3-by-1/2 inch carriage bolts and nuts 1/2 inch wrench 3-1/2 inch lock washers Steel cut-off saw 4 foot of 10-by-1/2 inch plywood 4 foot of 10-by-1 inch foam 4-by-1 1/12 foot of vinyl fabric Drill with 1/2 drill bit Stapler
  • Cut two 24-inch pieces off the length of square tubing. Then cut off two 12-inch pieces. There should be one 48-inch piece of square tubing left.

  • Create the two end T-shapes on the floor. Before you weld each T-shape, connect the welder grounding cord to the metal tube. Weld the two T-shapes. Stand the T-shapes up 48 inches apart. Set the 48-inch piece of square tubing on top of the upside-down T-shapes and weld the pieces together.

  • Clamp the 48-inch piece of strap iron on top of the frame you just welded. Measure and mark holes in the center of the strap 4 inches in from both ends and 24 inches in (i.e., the center). Drill the three holes with a 1/2 drill bit.

  • Unclamp the 48-inch piece of strap iron from the top of the frame. Clamp the newly drilled strap to the center of the 4 foot of 10-by-1/2 inch piece of plywood lengthwise. Drill through the pre-drilled holes in the strap iron to create the three holes with a 1/2 drill bit through the piece of plywood.

  • Hammer the three carriage bolts through the holes until the top carriage part is sunk flushly into the piece of plywood.

  • Lay the piece of foam on the top side of the plywood. Lay the piece of fabric over the foam and staple it to the base of the plywood.

  • Place the strap iron over the bolts on the bottom of the plywood and then lower the bolts through the holes on the square tube frame. Place a lock washer on each bolt sticking through the bottom of the frame and then screw the nuts tight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear protective eyewear and gloves when working with these tools and materials.

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