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What tools have you already got? Ideally you’ll want a drill, some decent pozi timber screws, some wood glue, a good saw, a tape measure, maybe a jigsaw or a plane depending on how ornate you want this fucking racking, and a screwdriver/torx driver to fit whatever timber screws you’ve bought.

Stick a sketch of what you’re planning on here.

B&Q’s quite pricey. It’s handy to get it all in one place but tools/screws/glue would be cheaper at Screwfix and the wood will be cheaper at a timber merchants if there’s one nearby.
I have a drill, a saw, timber screws and a tape measure. I don't have any wood glue though.

I'll describe what I'm thinking so you guys can picture it first lol.

I'm thinking three long feet, one either end one in the middle. From each of those feet will go two bits of wood to make the sides of the rack.

Joining the sides will be 4 bits of wood to make two shelves each shelf being two bits of wood deep for the two ends of the dumbell to rest on.

I was thinking of just screwing everything in place.

Here comes the sketch.
 

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Yeah, that’s why I want to see one. On Paint, preferably.

You can easily build a strong rack without proper joints and stuff.
Aye, i've been thinking about this and as long as it's triangles it'd be fine.

I was thinking of some grand designs type shit.
 

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I have a drill, a saw, timber screws and a tape measure. I don't have any wood glue though.

I'll describe what I'm thinking so you guys can picture it first lol.

I'm thinking three long feet, one either end one in the middle. From each of those feet will go two bits of wood to make the sides of the rack.

Joining the sides will be 4 bits of wood to make two shelves each shelf being two bits of wood deep for the two ends of the dumbell to rest on.

I was thinking of just screwing everything in place.

Here comes the sketch.
Literally no idea what you're doing here, mate. Can't picture it.

A sketch is a must.
 
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Doing my workout then I'll be back to see my advice and guidance but hopefully you get the picture.
 

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Any advice guidance?

I'm gonna go B&Q tomorrow to buy some wood and construct a rack for my dumbbells to sit on (they range from 5kg to 25kg).

Never done woodwork before so no idea what tools, supplies I need to be able to whip something up.
its madness.

Buy a metal one

 

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Here we go
Fuck sake, man.

I dunno how but i actually know what you mean now.

You're going from more of a stand like this:


As opposed to a rack like this, which is what i thought you meant:



Right?

That would be easier to build, tbf.

Really just two ends with beams running between. Maybe a support brace in the middle, I'd assume?
 
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Fuck sake, man.

I dunno how but i actually know what you mean now.

You're going from more of a stand like this:


As opposed to a rack like this, which is what i thought you meant:



Right?

That would be easier to build, tbf.

Really just two ends with beams running between. Maybe a support brace in the middle, I'd assume?
It's like you are inside my mind.

That's exactly what I'm thinking, but yeah with a third beam in the middle.

Surely all I have to do to make that is measure, cut and screw together bits of wood right?

No fancy shit needed.
 

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It's like you are inside my mind.

That's exactly what I'm thinking, but yeah with a third beam in the middle.

Surely all I have to do to make that is measure, cut and screw together bits of wood right?

No fancy shit needed.
In theory, aye.

My only suggestion, and you may already have thought on this, is to screw the top long beams onto the top of the sides.

You won't be able to do this with the lower shelf, obviously, so i'd suggest a support beam for the lower shelf as just screws might not hold that weight...unless you put the smaller DBs down there.

So, in effect, the two beams that make the top shelf will be slightly longer than the two beams that make the lower shelf.

Hold on...like this magnificent 2d representation.

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In theory, aye.

My only suggestion, and you may already have thought on this, is to screw the top long beams onto the top of the sides.

You won't be able to do this with the lower shelf, obviously, so i'd suggest a support beam for the lower shelf as just screws might not hold that weight...unless you put the smaller DBs down there.

So, in effect, the two beams that make the top shelf will be slightly longer than the two beams that make the lower shelf.

Hold on...like this magnificent 2d representation.

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Your sketch skills are moderately better than mine I must admit.

Screws, what size should I be using, this is what I have atm
 

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Your sketch skills are moderately better than mine I must admit.

Screws, what size should I be using, this is what I have atm
Fuck the screws, ya maniac.

What size of wood are you using? At least 2x2", I assume? Your screws should be 150% the size of the wood you're using here if so, I'd say.
 

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Also, offset the height of the side braces to height of the cross beams. Don't try and put them all at the same height. Offsetting (higher or lower) will give additional stability.

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Fuck the screws, ya maniac.

What size of wood are you using? At least 2x2", I assume? Your screws should be 150% the size of the wood you're using here if so, I'd say.
My initial plan was to use decking boards,wifh dual cross beams on two levels to distribute the weight. And then like 2x2 timber blocks for the side part and as feet for added stability.
 

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I don't understand this post.
That was the side view.

Mon.

The pic on the left is you looking at it length ways. The pic on the right is you looking breadth ways. You will need to brace it both ways. Length ways, the braces will be your shelves. Breadth ways the braces will be for stability only so should be set at a different height from the shelves.

If you have all the braces at the same height it will be less stable, more prone to wobbling.

You better understand this, man. I will legit need to phone to explain if you don't.