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Posted: 23 October 2009 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I don’t want to hijack the thread over in the new Crossfit Beginners’ forum, so I’m moving it over to here.  Here’s the original message I put out over there with pics.

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TexasPatrick - 22 October 2009 07:35 AM

3-2-1 . . .

Excellent Information!!  No more excuses. 

Just a thought….  Maybe a new sticky for the Garage Gym user with equipment needed to do most of the WODs.  A link to the Journal entry about that would be cool, which I think is http://journal.crossfit.com/2009/09/smart-shopping-for-your-home-gym.tpl 

Then, as part of that could be the DIYer’s attempts to create some of the equipment themselves.  As for myself, I’ve built a plyo box with an old dresser drawers with plywood to support, pull-up bar with steel bar from Home Depot, wall ball using an old b-ball/sand, gymnastics rings using pvc and rope, parallettes (using CFJ article), etc.

Again, very nice to have this and thanks for all the HARD WORK to you guys who were involved in putting it together.

Photos.
Where are the photos!
They don’t have to be posted here, the main CF forum is fine and we can link to those posts.

Good idea.
That’s covered to some degree by the mainsite FAQ, but we can extend that and show people some examples of what people posting here are using. And it gives me a place to post those instructions for making tabata music tracks that I keep having to dig out and post every so often.

But we need more photos. grin

no3putts - 22 October 2009 11:25 AM

Sure, I’m happy to show off what I’ve done.  That usually gets others pumped to show what they’ve done and allows me to learn a lot from others’ posts.  It’s been a lot of fun creating things that I can use for the WODs from stuff I find around the house. 

Attached are some pics of a few of the things I’ve done :
- The Plyo box/wallball pic is a little fuzzy, but you get the idea.  The box was the perfect height, with one side being 20” and if you turn it on its other side, it’s 24”
- The pull-up bar pic shows you a view from the front and also from the side
- I don’t have a pic of the parallettes, but you know what they look like smile

Enjoy!!

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Posted: 23 October 2009 12:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Also, a followup question from JGB146:

JGB146 - 22 October 2009 07:01 PM

Also, thanks for posting the pics. For some reason it never occurred to me to actually but a pull-up bar through the beams in my basement, but that might well be ideal. Seems a fairly straightforward project, but I’d love to see any added detail on exactly what went into it when you did it.

You know what, if I was able to do it, anyone should be able to do it smile  I’m not a carpenter by trade, by any stretch of the imagination.  Here’s a image with some notes on it that may help.  There wasn’t much to it.  I cut out about 10 feet of so of the middle rafter and then put some supports on the ends spanning the 2 leftover existing rafters on either side of the one I cut out.  Then, I also put another support beam in close to where the bar was going to be hung.

After that, just cut a few holes for the bar to fit through and mounted a couple floor flanges into the rafters to hold the bar. 

It’s very sturdy and I haven’t had any issues with it at all kipping.

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Posted: 23 October 2009 12:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Anyone else have any DIY stuff they want to show off for the rest of us Garage CF’ers ??  Also, maybe some ideas on where to get deals for used equipment.  I’m in the market for used/old bumper plates (b/c they are not really in my budget new), but can’t ever seem to find any good deals on bumpers on Craigslist or Ebay.

I would love to see/hear what others have done in their own garage at home to provide ideas for everyone else.

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Posted: 23 October 2009 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’ve done some DIY climbing ropes, materials cost $10-$20 at Home Depot. Better than most climbing ropes you can buy, IMO. If there’s enough interest I may put together an article for the Journal.

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Posted: 23 October 2009 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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LincolnB - 23 October 2009 12:48 PM

I’ve done some DIY climbing ropes, materials cost $10-$20 at Home Depot. Better than most climbing ropes you can buy, IMO. If there’s enough interest I may put together an article for the Journal.

Ooo, I’ve very interested.  That’s one of the pieces of equipment I don’t have yet and it kills me when WODs come up like today’s trying to do substitutes.  Besides, my kids would love some rope to climb on in the backyard.  I’d love to hear a quick/dirty on how you did it….

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Posted: 23 October 2009 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Here’s a home gym storage solution:

http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=14261&page=1

Here is a home made GHD:

http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=14064&page=1

Will post up if anything more comes to mind

Cheers, kempie

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Posted: 23 October 2009 02:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’ll give you a hint: it involves buying cheap rope from Home Depot/Lowes and then braiding it into a 1.5” or 2” thick climbing rope. The project starts with a loop at the top so there is no splicing required to mount the rope to the ceiling.

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Posted: 23 October 2009 02:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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LincolnB - 23 October 2009 02:09 PM

I’ll give you a hint: it involves buying cheap rope from Home Depot/Lowes and then braiding it into a 1.5” or 2” thick climbing rope. The project starts with a loop at the top so there is no splicing required to mount the rope to the ceiling.

That is a brilliant idea! Why couldn’t I have thought of that?

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Posted: 24 October 2009 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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LincolnB - 23 October 2009 02:09 PM

I’ll give you a hint: it involves buying cheap rope from Home Depot/Lowes and then braiding it into a 1.5” or 2” thick climbing rope. The project starts with a loop at the top so there is no splicing required to mount the rope to the ceiling.

Hey Lincoln,

I’d love to make one of these and stop the towel pullup madness.  How do you start the top?  How many ropes and of what size to use?

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I’ll give you a hint: it involves buying cheap rope from Home Depot/Lowes and then braiding it into a 1.5” or 2” thick climbing rope. The project starts with a loop at the top so there is no splicing required to mount the rope to the ceiling.

Hey Lincoln,

I’d love to make one of these and stop the towel pullup madness.  How do you start the top?  How many ropes and of what size to use?

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/3770/#44559

That looks to be an 8 strand sinnet, but the principles are the same.

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Posted: 24 October 2009 03:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I’ll give you a hint: it involves buying cheap rope from Home Depot/Lowes and then braiding it into a 1.5” or 2” thick climbing rope. The project starts with a loop at the top so there is no splicing required to mount the rope to the ceiling.

Hey Lincoln,

I’d love to make one of these and stop the towel pullup madness.  How do you start the top?  How many ropes and of what size to use?

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/3770/#44559

That looks to be an 8 strand sinnet, but the principles are the same.

Thanks Metric!

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Posted: 24 October 2009 05:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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The Journal is interested in having me write an article, so I’ll get that written up and submitted within the next 10 days.

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Posted: 25 October 2009 05:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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That is great, Linc.

It seems like that would be more comfortable than the 1.5” Manila rope I hung last month (several eBay vendors are selling it cheaply by the foot- I think I paid $40 shipped for 23’) That stuff is scratchy on the 14th trip up and down.

Any idea of the long-term effect of weather on that rigging as compared to that smooth cordage some affiliates use or Manila?

I use that same Home Depot rope for my kids swings and get a year and a half out of it in this land of eternal summer that I call home. I don’t know how long the Manila lasts.

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Posted: 25 October 2009 05:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Manila handles the sun well, polypropylene does not. On the other hand, manila does not handle damp as well as synthetics.

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Posted: 28 January 2010 08:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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FYI, for those interested in a quick update on my home garage gym, I’ve made a GHD using Kempie’s plans (awesome design), found a few tractor tires for playing with, and got some rubber mats for the flooring in the gym.  Here’s a post on my blog that I used for describing the things that I’ve made thus far: 

http://crossfitbty.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-garage-gym-homemade-equipment_27.html (wfs)

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