DIY Power Rack Using A Portable Table Saw

For around one hundred dollars, and just a few hours, you can have your own power rack.

Best of all? It’s easy enough to do it yourself. While there are other options out there, of course, this method of building a power rack is the cheapest.

STEP 1: What To Buy

• Seven, 8-inch 2 x 4s
• Four, 8-inch 2 x 6s
• One 43-inch Pipe
• 2 Flanges
• Twenty-Eight, 5 to 6-inch Bolts with washers
• 1 box of 3.5-inch wood screws
• Flat screws
• 90- degree flat bracket
• 1 wood pencil

STEP 2: Build The Frames

DIY Power Rack Using A Portable Table SawThe rack is easy enough to scale to the space in which you are going to place it, since the design is really simplistic. It’s best to keep it simple with minimal cutting using a portable power saw. Just focus on cutting the wood to make sure it’s of the right length.

First, lay out your two 2 x 6s, and cut your two 2 x 4s with a portable power saw. The result is you cutting the upper support beam and the squat safety bar. If you have a low ceiling, make sure to accommodate appropriately, so you do not smack your face into the ceiling when you do pull-ups. Furthermore, you also want to make sure that it’s low enough for you to be able to go all the way down during squats without any issues.

It’s best to use the portable table saw to cut the top support beam and squat safety bar to 43 inches. The top support beam is best secured by two bolts being drilled through on each end at 45 degree angles. Tighten down and secure the squat beam with one bolt on each end.

Next, cut your bottom support beam. It’s best to keep it extended beyond each side of the rack, so cut them at 56 inches. The extra length will add support for pull-ups. Lower support should be secured with two bolts on each end at 45 degree angles from one another. This will complete your framework.

Now, you want to stand up your frame and see exactly where you want to place the flanges for the pull-up bar. It’s best to have them close to the top, with just barely enough space for your chest to be above the bar, yet still have plenty of space (5 or so inches) before your head smacks into the ceiling.

Once you figure out the placement, you can add the flanges. Secure one to each side, and then add the pipe. Screw in the flange on the other side. Next, secure it to your second frame.

STEP 3: Put The Frames Together

Put the frames together on the ground, starting with the pipe. After this part is completed, add the back support beam. It should be cut with the portable saw to whatever length measures between the two bottom 56-inch support beams.

STEP 4: Add Support

All of the cutting done from this point on is up to you. Some tips for added support, though:
• Two 45-degree braces that go from the back support beam to the main vertical structure.
• Two top support beams, with 1 mimicking the bottom back support beam at the top. The other should be put in to connect to the top of the structure from inside to inside.

Finally, add your bar holders for when you do squats. Use the portable table saw, and cut them to about 10 inches, and secure them with 2 bolts at 45-degree angles.

That’s it! Simple, effective, and a quick project that you can crank out in just a few hours.