How to Build a Dumbbell Bench

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How to Build a Dumbbell Bench
Coarse sandpaper is required to smooth edges and prevent splinters. (sable 2 image by Blue Moon from

Resistance training with free-weights such as dumbbells is a great way to improve power, strength and conditioning as well increase bone density, burn calories and promote a better composition.

When using dumbbells, the use of a bench is important; providing a platform to perform a vast array of weightlifting exercises. When using dumbbells alone, this removes the need for a barbell stand on your bench. Save gym fees and equipment costs, and build your own wooden dumbbell weight bench at home.

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Things you need

  • 2 x 6-by-2 inch wood boards
  • 7 x 4-by-2 inch wood boards (12 inches long)
  • 3-inch drywall screws
  • Tape measure
  • Power drill
  • Wood saw
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Measure the height from the tallest bench user's bottom, to the top of his head. Add an additional 2 inches to this measurement, and saw the two 6-by-2 inch wood boards to match this measurement. These boards will create the flat surface of the bench.

  2. 2

    Position the cut 6-by-2's side-by-side on a flat work table so they touch. Place a 4-by-2 across the centre of the two longer wooden boards. Make sure it is at a right angle to the boards, and as long as the two 6-by-2's are wide. Screw two drywall screws through the 4-by-2 to secure it to the 6-by-2's; acting as a support beam to prevent bowing in the middle.

  3. 3

    Position a 4-by-2 on its end (upright) at one corner of the weight bench surface -- creating a leg. Use a minimum of two drywall screws to attach the leg, ensuring stable construction. Repeat this procedure at each corner of the bench.

  4. 4

    Secure the last two 4-by-2's between the legs at opposite ends of the bench. Use two screws to fasten each 4-by-2 to each leg. These will provide additional support, and ensure a sturdier frame.

  5. 5

    Smooth all rough edges using your sandpaper.

  6. 6

    Treat the wood with varnish to promote the longevity of your bench. Be sure to let the varnish dry thoroughly before using the bench for the first time.

Tips and warnings

  • If desired, glue padding onto the surface of your new bench to provide cushioning.
  • Test the stability of the bench before using it with your dumbbells.
  • Only use your bench on a flat, stable surface.

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