How to build a weight rack for dumbbells

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A weight rack for dumbbells serves a few purposes. Most importantly, it gets the dumbbells off the floor and out of the way. Dumbbells can be organised on racks according to weight making them easy to access. Most weight racks are made from heavy steel and are purchased at sporting good stores, but if you are in the market, and you want to save money, you should learn how to build your own sturdy weight rack for your dumbbells. Follow these steps.

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Things you need

  • Metal bed frame rails
  • Two bench posts
  • Drill press
  • Drill gun
  • Drill bit
  • High speed air drill
  • Metal cut-off saw
  • 20 1/4-inch nuts and bolts
  • Two plastic stands
  • 1-by-6 board
  • Screw gun
  • Four wood screws
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's square

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  1. 1

    Search for some old bed frame rails at your local junk yard or buy them cheap at a consignment store. You will also need old wood posts. Keep in mind that bench posts are solid and strong.

  2. 2

    Use a drill press, a high speed air drill and a metal cut-off saw to cut the rails to 29 inches each, and to drill holes into the ends of each rail an inch from the edge.

  3. 3

    Using a drill gun, drill holes into the wood posts at the locations where you will install the rails. Use a tape measure and a carpenter's square to make sure that your holes are even. Space the holes at least a foot apart.

  4. 4

    Purchase a 1-by-6 board and cut it into two equal pieces, 1 1/2 feet each. Buy two heavy duty plastic stands with a hole in the centre of each of the size of your posts.

  5. 5

    Insert one post into each stand. Place the stands on the boards, and spread the boards apart the length of your rails. With a screw gun and wood screws, secure the stands to the boards on each side.

  6. 6

    Place a bed frame so one end lays on one board, and the other end lays on the other board. Using nuts and bolts, tack down the frames to the boards, one on each side of the posts.

  7. 7

    Insert the remaining metal bed frames to the wood posts also using nuts and bolts. Tighten the bolts securely. If you need more space between the metal frames, cut out small blocks of wood and place them between the frame and the post.

Tips and warnings

  • Any metal bars or rods will work instead of bed rails, and any wooden posts will work as well. The goal is to make sure that the materials are strong enough to support the weight of the dumbbells.
  • Bed rails are extremely hard metal. Do not attempt to cut them with a hacksaw or drill holes with a simple hand drill.

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