Building a weightlifting platform for your weightlifting gym or garage gym may seem like a daunting task. Don’t worry, you don’t need Bob Vila-esque skills to pull this off. Some simple tools will make this process much faster, but you don’t need many.
Build time: ~60-90 minutes
What you’ll need:
1½” Wood Screws
2″ Wood Screws
4 – 4’x8′ Plywood Sheets for bottom
1 – 4’x8′ Nicer Plywood Sheet for top
2 – 4’x6′ Horse Stall Mats (you’ll have extra)
Sharp Utility Knife
Here are the steps we used to build our 9 Olympic weightlifting platforms in Athletic Lab:
Step 1: Lay two of the 4’x’8 sheets of plywood butted up next to each other in a vertical fashion. Be sure to get these two sheets as flush as you can.
Step 2: Lay the remaining two 4’x8′ sheets of plywood on top of the first layer in a horizontal fashion. Again, be sure to get all four sheets as flush together as you can on the outside edges. This will give it a nice finished appearance when complete.
Step 3: Now that you have two layers, attach both layers by screwing the top layer to the bottom layer using 1½” screws. We used about 10 screws around the edge of each plywood sheet (20 screws total). You can use more screws as needed.
Step 4: Cut your two 4’x6′ horse stall mats into four 4’x2′ pieces. To do this, use a measuring tape, a straight edge, and sharp utility knife – you may even need to change the blade once or twice.
Step 5: Place the single 4’x8′ nice sheet of plywood in the approximate middle of the platform and place two 4’x2′ cut horse stall mats on each side of the plywood. Make the […]
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