How to Make a Dumbbell Rack

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How to Make a Dumbbell Rack
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Lifting weights is a great way to build muscle, get in shape and perfect your game in any number of sports. But the dumbbells that you will use with these exercises are generally quite heavy and you will want to have a strong and sturdy rack to house them on. Such a rack must be constructed with care.

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Things you need

  • 4 metal bed rails
  • 2 wooden rods (like the sides from a bench)
  • Drill
  • Metal saw and wooden saw
  • Wooden board (1'x6')
  • Screws
  • Nuts and bolts

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  1. 1

    Cut metal to fit dimensions. Using the metal framing from the bed, you will cut each length of metal to be 29 inches long. You can use a metal saw to do this, and then at the end of the rods you will drill holes with a drill so that each hole is 1 inch from the end of the rod.

  2. 2

    Drill holes in the wood rails. Now you will drill holes at the ends of the wooden posts where you intend to meet them with the metal frames. The holes must be level, with each no closer than 1 foot together.

  3. 3

    Cut the wooden board. Take the wooden board that is 1 foot by 6 feet and saw it in half to get two long boards.

  4. 4

    Drill a hole in the middle of the plastic stands. Be careful to drill a hole through the middle of each plastic stand where the wooden rods will be able to fit through. Now slide the wooden rods into the plastic stand's holes.

  5. 5

    Put plastic stand on top of the wooden board. The plastic stand with the wooden rods will now be set atop the two wooden boards. Make sure the plastic stands are spaced the same length as your cut metal framing rods (29 inches). You will now screw down the plastic stands onto the wooden boards on the bottom.

  6. 6

    Affix the metal frames. Bolt down each of the two metal rails to one of the wooden boards at the bottom of the stands. Now bolt the second two metal rails to the wooden rods to reinforce them.

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