Building a wooden weight stand
My home gym is only 10' x 10', and with a power rack and treadmill, the weight stand takes up a lot of precious space. I've seen some pics of where others built their own weight stand using wood and L-brackets, so I'm trying to emulate that.
The walls of the gym are thin wood paneling (80's style) that I can't really replace without tearing out the drop ceiling, too. It's part of my basement, and as far as I can tell, behind the paneling are 1x4s or 1x6s that are attached (nailed?) to the cinderblock foundation.
I'm wanting to do one of two things:
1. Take a piece of wood (1x6, or maybe a deck board?) that fits from the floor to the ceiling (about 7'), cut slits in it so that the L-brackets slide through from the back, then attach it directly to the wall using lag screws (that go through the L-brackets) that go all the way into the cinderblock foundation. So you would have a sandwich of the wall, the L-bracket, then the wood, with lag screws locking them in place. The bracket that holds the weight would be perpendicular to the floor.
2. Take a slightly longer piece of wood, but instead of attaching it to the wall I would have it at a slight angle so that the top leans against the wall, while the bottom comes away from the wall by about 4" (so the board, bottom, and wall would make a triangle). I'm not sure if I can cut the same slits to slide the L-bracket through from the back, though, because then I would have several weak points, so maybe I would have to attach them to the front of the board using lag bolts instead of lag screws? Or maybe I could add several short pieces of wood along the way for bracing? The bracket that holds the weight would be angled slightly upward instead of being perpendicular to the floor.
Either way, I'll have 2 of these (one on each side of my power rack), and each one will have 210lbs of plate weights stacked on it (3x45 plates, 1x35, 1x25, 1x10, 1x5).
Which, if either, of these would you guys suggest?
And, any suggestion on the type of wood that I should use?