Hey Geoff, just curious as to what your laminating material will be, I've used contact cement in the past but wood glue and clamps would be strongest.I don’t see anything proprietary in the design, other than the logo.
I would make it close to an IPF Bench
Only Bench Racks and Benches from Commercial Manufacturers officially registered and approved by the Technical Committee shall be permitted for use in International Powerlifting Championships.
The bench shall conform to the following dimensions:
1. Length - not less than 1.22 m and shall be flat and level.
2. Width - not less than 29 cm and not exceeding 32 cm.
3. Height - not less than 42 cm and not exceeding 45 cm measured from the floor to the top of the padded surface of
the bench without it being depressed or compacted. The height of the uprights, which must be adjustable, shall be a
minimum of 75 cm to a maximum of 110 cm measured from the floor to the bar rest position.
4. Minimum width between insides of bar rests shall be 1.10 m.
5. The head of the bench shall extend 22 cm beyond the center of the uprights with a tolerance of 5 cm either way.
6. Attached safety stands must be used in all events.”
-IPF Rule Book-
I see exactly how I would build it.
- make it 12” wide as I am broader than average
- 17.5” high if I need to add padding
- make the back foot wider for added stability
- laminate 3 pieces of 3/4” plywood together for economy to make the Bench surface 2 1/4” thick
I will work on it next week as I am on night shift and already have all the material and access to tools. I will take some pictures as it progresses.
10 inch Bench Width
A tool box liner will add 10lbs to your bench press compared to a kitchen shelf liner.
Nice work Geoff! You do your own welds? I have a wire feed that works pretty well for these type things..I made my version of the Starting Sttength Wooden Bench.
- 17.5” high
- 12.5” wide
- 48” long
- made from 2” HSS and 3/8” FB
- 3/4” laminated finished pine plywood, 2 1/4” thick
- it cost me $60 for a sheet of plywood, and $15 for wood glue, steel was scrap and cutoffs, I had never everything else I needed to complete the build
I like the stability and the feel of the Bench. I have been using a heavy rubber yoga mat as the bench pad and I like it a lot.
I have a plan for different length add on legs to change the incline, but I don’t see a point in doing anything other than the magical 30deg.
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I make a lot of my own equipment. I am modifying my power rack into a yoke rack at the moment.
I weld often working in plant maintenance.Nice work Geoff! You do your own welds? I have a wire feed that works pretty well for these type things..
Yes, I've done only some amateur welding but stick to what I know mostly, which is wood work.I have used those hobbist wire feed welders a few times. Once you get it dialed in it can do good work. Works a lot better with shielding gas though.
Yes it is, luckily I've been able to accumulate tools over the years.I have always wanted to learn woodworking. Looks like a very expensive hobby.