How To Make A DIY Weight Bench For Your Home Gym

Step 1 Build the Base and the Post

This entire project is constructed using 2×4 lumber and a sheet of 3/4″ plywood. Take 2×4 and cut one piece to 48″ in length and one piece to 24″ in length. Chamfer the edges of the 24″ long piece on both ends at 45 degrees using a miter saw. Also, chamfer the top of the 48″ piece. Then take the 48″ long piece and attach it to the 24″ long piece 12 3/4″ from the front edge. Use 2 1/2″ screws for attaching boards together. Repeat this step to make a second set. 

DIY Bench Press Station:

This DIY bench press station will be a handy optio

This DIY bench press station will be a handy option if you’re looking to bring your workout space into the house. With just some woodworking skills and the right tools, this project can usually take less than one day to complete. It’s easy enough for any intermediate-level carpenter! The DIY Bench Press Station needs four 4×4 beams and three 2×4 boards. It will be an easier DIY project to add valuable working space to your home; and use as a decorative piece plus, the video tutorial will guide you step by step for this amazing project.



16. Very Simple Wooden Weight Bench DIY

Adaptive Workout Bench (via Only Slightly Southern
Adaptive Workout Bench (via Only Slightly Southern)

This is an incredibly simple DIY, so even if you’re not typically comfortable building things it’ll be easy for you. 

I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again, this weight bench is perfect because you can customize it to fit in with your home! Stain it and put it in your hallway and throw some pillows on top. When it’s time to use it, remove the pillows and move it to the spot that you need it. You could even attach some wheels to the bottom to make this process easier. 

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Multifunctional items are the best because when you’re not using them for one purpose, they can be used for the next. They’re never just idly sitting around. 

Step 4 Attach Bar Holding Pieces

Next cut another two blocks to 3 1/2″ in length, then cut two pieces to 20″ in length and one more piece to 48″ in length. First, attach the 3 1/2″ block with a wood screw or a nail gun. Then fasten the 48″ piece horizontally and finish by attaching the 20″ pieces vertically as shown in the picture.

Wooden Incline Weight Bench:

Think of a weight bench as a dumbbell controlled b

Think of a weight bench as a dumbbell controlled by gravity. Incline benches will be the best option because they move the most weight, with declined moves being the next most effective. They come in many different styles and sizes, but the one I have shown you here certainly isn’t expensive or elegant, and it can be easily modified to incline. In this article, I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive bench from wood using largely standard construction techniques and materials found at any large hardware store.

This incline bench is not only useful for exercises that target the pectorals, but it also challenges the arm muscles by extending them up from their most elongated position at complete extension. The DIY wooden incline weight bench is simple and inexpensive to make and can be made to match the equipment and décor of any home gym.  This admirable bench needed to be solid, simple, and easy to construct using tools and materials readily available at most home centers or lumberyards.


13. DIY Steel Long Lasting Weight Bench

How To Make A Diy Weight Bench (via I Like To Make
How To Make A Diy Weight Bench (via I Like To Make Stuff)

Steel is great because it is easy to clean, easy to maintain, and is very sturdy for any project.

This DIY weight bench will take an afternoon to complete, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, you’re going to have a piece of gym equipment that will be put to use for many years to come!

DIY Bench Alternatives For A Home Gym

Previously, I explained that a bench is not essential, because beginners can do other exercises that don’t require a bench.

But the other reason why buying a weight bench can be unnecessary is because you can make your own!

Here are items you can use as a gym bench at home:

1) Plank of wood and chair

A chair can be used as a bench replacement by simply laying on a flat surface.

However, this will be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.

A better idea is to get 2 chairs, have them face each other, and bridge the gap with a plank of wood (bed slats work great!).

This is one of the easiest ways to create your own makeshift workout bench.

But it becomes risky when you load it with too heavy a weight.

If you intend to do this, for example, bench pressing more than 80lbs, I would strongly advise getting a proper bench for your gym instead.

2) Piano bench

A piano bench is a great alternative for a flat bench.

They often have a padded (but firm) seat and are also usually very stable.

This makes them an awesome flat bench alternative for your home gym.

But you won’t be able to adjust it’s angle to do exercises like the incline/decline bench press.

Again, if you intend to do exercises like this, you are better off buying an adjustable bench.

Stability Ball

Whatever you wanna call it- Bosu ball, yoga ball, exercise ball.

These can be a cheap adjustable bench alternative for beginners.

Simply lay your upper back on the ball, and form a glute bridge by planting both feet on the ground.

You can also lower your buttocks to enter an incline position.

The only issue with using a stability ball is exactly that- the stability (or should I say lack of!).

Since you’ll be balancing your body weight on the ball, you won’t be able to lift too heavy.

In fact, a lot of energy is wasted simply stabilizing yourself on the ball.

Again, if you wanna bench heavy, the best thing to do is to get a proper bench!

Got a bench and dumbbells but not sure what to do? Check out my other article for a dumbbell workout plan to get ripped!

How to Make a DIY Weight Bench

When doing any woodwork, it is vital to understand the measurements and the way the tools work. Remember always to be careful while operating tools like saws or power drills. 

Here are the steps you need to follow to build your own standard-size weight training bench: 

1. Cut the Wood

Begin by cutting all the wood pieces into the proper lengths. Here’s the list of wood pieces’ measurements you’ll need: 

  • For the adjustable back support, you’ll need a wood board of 34″ x 12″ (86.36 cm x 30.48 cm).
  • For the sitting unmovable-part of the bench, you’ll need a wood board of 14″ x 12″ (35.56 cm x 30.48 cm).
  • You’ll need two 12″ x 4″ pieces (30.48 cm x 10.16 cm) for the base.
  • For the legs, you’ll need two 4″ x 4″ x 13″ pieces (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm x 33.2 cm).
  • For the body of the weight bench, you’ll need a single wood piece of 4″ x 4″ x 45″ (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm x 114.3 cm).
  • For the adjustable mechanism, you’ll need two wood pieces of 2″ x 2″ x 30″ (5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x 76.2 cm).
  • Another two pieces of 1″ x 2″ x 16″ (2.54 cm x 5.08 cm x 40.64 cm) for the adjustable mechanism.
  • Add two pieces of 2” x 2” x 10 ½” (5.08 cm x 5.08 x 26.67 cm) to support the sitting part.  

You can cut the parts yourself or order them with these specifications from your wood provider.

2. Remove the Unneeded Portions

The wood pieces are now cut and ready. What next? To insert the legs into the base and body, you’ll need to remove a part of the body and base. 

  • For the body, you’ll need to remove 4″ (10.6 cm), leaving 2 ½ “(6.35 cm) of space before the edge on both sides.
  • You’ll need to remove 4″ (10.6 cm) from the middle of the base, leaving the same measure to both sides.
  1. Add the Notches

To use the five-position or flat mechanism, you’ll need to add the adjustable notches. 

  • Create the first notch at 26″ (66.04 cm) from the edge.
  • Add the second one at 18 ⅜” (47.6 cm).
  • Make the third one at 11 ⅛” (28.2 cm).
  • Next, do another one at four ¾” (12 cm).
  • The last one should be at three ⅜” (8.5 cm).

The notches should have a depth of ⅜ inches (0.9 cm).

3. Glue the Pieces

Use wood glue to join the base, legs, and body. Once done, secure it with a 3″ (7.62 cm) lag screw. Use one screw on each side. 

4. Start With the Adjustable Mechanism

Drill a hole through the 2″ x 2″ x 30″ (5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x 76.2 cm) big enough to fit the 10″ (25.4 cm) bolts. Next, do the same through the bench’s body at exactly 12 ⅞ “(32.46 cm) from the edge. 

Then join the two 2″ x 2″ x 30″ pieces to the body with the 10″ bolt. Use a nylon washer to avoid friction damage from constant use. 

5. Continue With the Swing Arm

Drill a hole through the 1″ x 2″ pieces big enough to use the 3″ bolt (7.62 cm). 

Use a 12″ (30.48 cm) bolt at the swing arm’s end to finish the adjustable mechanism. Secure it with four bolt nuts.

6. Add the Backrest and Bench Seat

Use wood glue to add the backrest to the adjustable mechanism, sand the edges before joining it. Then, use wood glue and nails to attach the bench seat to the body. 

7. Add the Finishings  

Once your weight training bench is completed, you’ll need to add rubber feet to the bases so that it won’t move when you are using it. You’ll also need to add a generous amount of wood stain and two coats of polyurethane finish.

Using wood to bench press might be challenging and uncomfortable, so we recommend adding foam and leather to the bench seat and the backrest. This way, you’ll get a more accurate weight training bench and a far more comfortable one.

Another alternative for the leather and foam is a yoga mat. It will give you the necessary cushion. It will also capture the sweat. 

Note: You should not use this bench for intense training or heavy lifting. 

Making Gym Equipment Out Of Wood

Wood is a strong building material that doesn’t cost too much. Even if you’ve never worked with it before, it doesn’t take a lot of time or experience to learn the basics of woodworking.

The most challenging part of our DIY projects that

The most challenging part of our DIY projects that involve wood is cutting the pieces to precisely the proper lengths. If you don’t have a wood saw and lots of experience cutting wood, bring a list of the precise measurements you need when buying the wood. You can probably get your lumber yard to cut their lumber to your exact specifications. It won’t cost too much more and can save you a lot of hassle.

If you prefer to cut your own planks, a good tip to remember is that most of the pieces you’ll need come in pairs. gym equipment is generally symmetrical, which means you’ll need at least two crossbars or legs or pillars of the same length. You can make sure the pieces match by measuring and cutting the first one and then using that plank to measure and mark its pair.

Some kinds of wood, especially oak, can split open if you put screws along its grain lines. You can avoid this by first drilling a hole where the screw will go using a slightly narrow drill than the screw. That helps makes room for the screw and puts less pressure on the wood fibers that could weaken the plank.

We try to use heavy-duty L brackets when a project requires joining two planks. This results in more durable equipment than if you just nail or screw the naked planks together. More durable equipment means less chance of accidents.

Are you ready to build your very own home gym? Here we go.


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