I'm finalizing plans for a half rack that I am going to build as a gift for a friend of mine and I'm looking for some input. I've attached 3 pictures. The first two are side views of alternate designs for the half rack (safeties are different) and the third one is the rear view of the rack.
The first design shows a traditional designed half rack with plate storage and a late machine. The safeties are held in place with one inch rods that run through the uprights.
The second design is similar but uses safeties that slide up and down with pins holding them in place like adjustable saw horses (two per side - red dots represent holes where pins will go).
I feel that the second design is stronger, but safety height is limited. Nevertheless, the user will primarily be using the rack for benching, and a more tradition set of safeties could be built to use at higher heights.
I'm interested in people's preference regarding the two designs (different safeties) as well as general feedback on the designs. Feel free to ask questions.
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