"Lee Michaels" > wrote in message
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> > > The only safe wood power rack I have ever seen had thick metal strips
> > > attached to it with holes drilled in them, It was essentialy a metal
> > > rack with wood holding it together. If you dropped a weight, the metal
> > would
> > > catch it.
> > I suppose the benefit of this would be that you almost get the strength
> > the metal without having to weld.
> It was also quite attractive. Imagine a lot of quality wood peices, all of
> them built and finished to furntiture standards. With weights, etc. A
> diiferent kind of home gym.
> > Can your step rack accomodate both the flat bench press and incline
> > press?
> > If not, perhaps it would still be affordable to build the squat portion
> > the step rack using wood and the bench portion using metal square tubing
> > that would allow it to adjust to different heights based on the type of
> > bench press being done.
> > Do you think a pull-up bar could be easily added to the step rack? Maybe
> > using 4x4s and a 2 inch pipe?
> I have not had time to prepare an information sheet about step racks. But
> everyone want to screw them up some how.
> 1. This is not MY step rack. There were many thousands of these built
> commercial and hombuilt) many years ago. I did not invent them nor claim
> ownership of them.
I know you didn't invent them. I just thought that the design I looked at
was your personal design (it says drawing by Lee Michaels).
> 2. Step racks can be made out of any material and in any configuration you
> want. If you want a place to do incline presses, build it in. Or do what I
> have done before, build an incline bench to fit the rack.
> 3. You can build anything into it or onto it. If you want to install a
> pistol target, a punching bag or a sexual attachement to it, do it. You
> it is home made and DESIGNED!! Build whatever the hell you want on it. I
> not your mommy and you don't need my permission.
I wasn't going to ask for your permission. I'm only looking for opinions and
> 4. The whole idea behind this is that it is cheap and fast. As soon as you
> start trying to include refrigerators, hot tub, etc, it is no longer cost
> time effective. Just buy a power rack.
> 5. These step racks are only suitable for folks who are familiar with
> hammers, saws, building things and can do so without injuring themeselves.
> Some people can build the thing, but they can't do any of the logistical
> stuf. The can't buy lumber or nails. Other people can't do the basic
> work, even with a drawing in front of them.
> 6. Stepracks are simple and straightforward. When you make enough changes
> them that it becomes complicated, you have defeated the purpose of the
> steprack. If you are in love with adjustability, it is possible to build a
> special wood rack that relys on stacking wood to acheive this. Again, it
> a complicated add on to the steprack. You figure it out. I don't dare
> publish anything like this. It is too easy for folks to screw it up.
> Lee Michaels