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    Post Homemade Deadlifting Platform

    I just finished making a platform for home-gym deadlifting on the cheap and thought I’d share my project details. I used Detard’s platform as a model, seen here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb3CV...layer_embedded Thanks dude.

    Materials Purchased: total of ~$115
    - 3x Sheets of ½ inch 4’x8’ plywood from Home Depot - $15 each
    - 1x Sheet 3/4” 4’x8’ plywood cut into two 4’x4’ pieces from Home Depot (only used one 4’x4’ piece) - $35
    - 1x ¾ inch 6’x4’ stall mat from Tractor Supply Company – 35$

    Materials I had on hand:
    - Tools (power drill, power sander)
    - Wood stain, finish, glue, sponge brushes
    - Lots of 1 ¼ inch screws

    Directions:
    1. Stacked the 3 sheets of half inch plywood together using wood glue and let them set overnight before screwing the 3 sheets together.

    2. Lightly sanded the edges of the assembled main platform along with the ¾” 4’x4’ upper piece.

    3. Stained and finished the ¾” 4’x4’ upper piece and attached it to the center of my platform with wood glue and screws (also stained the front of the platform for aesthetics).

    4. Cut the stall mat into two 2’x4’ sections with a utility knife (this part sucked, would have preferred a longer knife, a saw, or something).

    5.Applied Multi-Purpose Liquid Nails to the bottom of the 2’x4’ staff mats and secured them in place on the platform with several more screws.

    Voila, platform complete! I wasn’t looking for anything fancy, just a rock solid platform that would hold up over time and save my concrete floors. This platform fits the bill. Now I just need something to clean up those rubber edges a bit.

    Here are some pics.





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    Looks sweet!
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    damn good job!!
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    Originally Posted by txapn View Post
    damn good job!!
    Awesome!
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    Thanks much, everyone. It was an easy project. If you've been in the market for a platform I'd recommend you give this one a try.
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    thanks for sharing, looks good! repped
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    wow, that looks nice, wish i had the room to put one
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    Looks great I would think the stain would be sticky on the feet though.
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    Originally Posted by wolfsburg2 View Post
    Looks great I would think the stain would be sticky on the feet though.
    I've stained my platform without issue. It shouldn't be an issue on ANY platform. All platforms, whether homemade or bought, will have at least 1 coat (preferably 3-4 coats) of polyurethane sealant. The stain will only color the wood. The polyurethane will protect the wood from scratches and scuffs.

    FWIW...I used to install and re-finish gym floors as a summer job.
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    Thanks again, everyone, for the positive feedback.

    Packemup87 is correct, the wood stain and finish are not sticky. The surface isn't slick either for anyone who may be wondering. I also wanted to mention that the stall mats are quite solid so there's hardly any give to them even under a heavy load, thus keeping the bottoms of your feet on an even plane with the spot where your plates hit the mat.

    I highly recommend these stall mats for anyone who's looking into gym flooring btw. At $35-$39 for a 6'x4' slab I feel like this product would be tough to beat in that regard.
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    Bumping this ancient thread!


    Soon to be doing the same thing Yours is the best looking one I've seen for a homemade platform and I like the instructions.


    I'm going to do a little modification to create a lip on the front for mine I think. Probably to prevent the bar from rolling off the front.
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    Originally Posted by Hishiad View Post
    Bumping this ancient thread!


    Soon to be doing the same thing Yours is the best looking one I've seen for a homemade platform and I like the instructions.


    I'm going to do a little modification to create a lip on the front for mine I think. Probably to prevent the bar from rolling off the front.
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    Originally Posted by Hishiad View Post
    Bumping this ancient thread!


    Soon to be doing the same thing Yours is the best looking one I've seen for a homemade platform and I like the instructions.


    I'm going to do a little modification to create a lip on the front for mine I think. Probably to prevent the bar from rolling off the front.
    I had made a similar design...and wanted to mention after just breaking everything down in my garage in order to move it appears to have done it's job just fine. No cracks or damage to the garage floor at all after getting some serious use by me and friends deadlifting and doing cleans for 4 years or so.
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    I followed the same basic layout on mine. One thing I would change though if I could redo mine, the middle part instead of using a 4x4, I'd probably use a 3x4 instead with wider stall mats on each end

    reason for this, with the 4x4 middle, the plates are just a couple inches outside of the 4x4 wood. I've had a couple of times where my plates dropped/bounced inside the wooden part after a drop from DL height. no harm done though because I'm using bumpers. although the wooden part is all scuffed up mainly from using my DL jack
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    Looks like a great platform mate, keep up the good work and thanks for posting the info.
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    Has anyone here built one like this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEV4l65R79k
    It looks like you could get away with not even using bumpers with a platform like that.
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    Originally Posted by cthulhupun View Post
    Has anyone here built one like this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEV4l65R79k
    It looks like you could get away with not even using bumpers with a platform like that.
    That have me some good ideas. It does look like the plates will sink into the stall mats a bit.
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    Originally Posted by skrebs01 View Post
    That have me some good ideas. It does look like the plates will sink into the stall mats a bit.
    I built one like that. What I don't like is what Krebs alluded to - - at about 400lbs, the bar sinks in a couple of inches so you're actually found a deficit lift. On the other hand it's very quiet. Cost me about 200 in materials
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    That is an awesome looking platform - what's the best grade plywood for the middle surface?
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    I got the wood for mine yesterday. I'm going to go with a bit of a smaller piece of plywood for the center section, possibly 3.5'x4' or 3'x4'. Also going to be adding band attachments near the front and rear so I can stretch mini bands across the bar. The only worry I have is that the wood may flex from the band tension.
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    Originally Posted by skrebs01 View Post
    I got the wood for mine yesterday. I'm going to go with a bit of a smaller piece of plywood for the center section, possibly 3.5'x4' or 3'x4'. Also going to be adding band attachments near the front and rear so I can stretch mini bands across the bar. The only worry I have is that the wood may flex from the band tension.
    i built my center channel using 6 sheets of plywood...it's pretty heavy. you might want to consider that if you're going to attach band hooks. also, my center channel is 42" wide x 6' long. I wish I had made even a bit more narrow (though my half rack sits on it, which makes things awkward with that narrow of a width).
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    Couldn't you attach a 2x4 across the front and back to use for band attachment use?
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    I'm getting ready to build my platform, and I think I'm going to use this design. One question though. What would the best/easiest way to cut the stall mats to get a "clean" cut? Any suggestions?
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    Originally Posted by Paulie_G View Post
    I'm getting ready to build my platform, and I think I'm going to use this design. One question though. What would the best/easiest way to cut the stall mats to get a "clean" cut? Any suggestions?
    I use a metal 6' straight edge and a utility knife with new blades in it. Be deliberate and don't try to cut it too fast
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    Originally Posted by Paulie_G View Post
    I'm getting ready to build my platform, and I think I'm going to use this design. One question though. What would the best/easiest way to cut the stall mats to get a "clean" cut? Any suggestions?
    I cut mine with a straight edge and a regular utility knife. It's a slow process, but I think it gives a nice clean cut. Make sure to use a new blade in the utility knife.
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    The absolute easiest way to cut stall mats is with an electric jigsaw and a straight edge. Fast clean and easy. Good luck.
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    This might be a stupid question, but I'm sure there is a good reason. I've always done deadlifts while standing directly on stall mats, even on 400+ maximal lifts, and it's never been problematic. So, what is the point of having the wood center piece?
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