How to Build Free Standing Chin Up Bar

Written by michael monet
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How to Build Free Standing Chin Up Bar
A chin up bar can be constructed with a few basic elements. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A chin up is a highly effective bodyweight exercise for the back, shoulders, core and biceps. To perform a chin up, you need a bar secured at eye-level or above. Most commercial chin up equipment is complicated and expensive. Instead, build your own from 2 by 4s and pipe secured with wood glue, screws and clips.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 80 inch 2 by 4, two
  • 18 inch 2 by 4, two
  • 36 inch 2 by 4, two
  • 24 inch 2 by 4, two
  • 45-degree cut 2 by 4, four
  • 1 pipe that is 1 inch in diameter and 20 inches long
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Clips

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  1. 1

    Attach the 80 inch 2 by 4s to the 36 inch 2 by 4s. The 80 inch pieces are the legs and represent the height of the chin up bar. The 36 inch pieces are the bottom supports, or what the bar will stand on. Let 12 inches of the 36 inch pieces come out behind the apparatus -- and the other 24 inches support the front. Attach with wood glue first, then the screws.

  2. 2

    Lay the 80 inch 2 by 4s with their bottom supports on the ground. Move to the top of the legs to attach the 18 inch 2 by 4s, or top supports across which the chin up bar will lie. All 18 inches should extend forward from the apparatus. Attach with wood glue, then the screws.

  3. 3

    Glue and screw the four 45 degree cut 2 by 4s between the 80 inch legs and the supports. These supports will fit perfectly at a 45 degree angle between the legs and the top and bottom supports. Attach with glue, then use the screws.

  4. 4

    Lay the 20 inch pipe across the 18 inch, top support 2 by 4. Attach with clips where the pipe meets the 2 by 4. Screw the clips in on either side.

  5. 5

    Let the wood glue dry overnight for safety. Stand the bar up onto its bottom supports. Test for stability before using.

Tips and warnings

  • You can attach as many 45-degree cut 2 by 4 supports as you want to stabilise the apparatus.

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