My wife and I moved out of our condo and into a house last week, so we now have an ample amount of space for all our stuff. Having a large basement has enabled my mother to give me back many childhood things that I didn’t know I still had and which now grace the Vermont and New Hampshire craigslists alike(and possible eBay eventually. This is with the exception of my limited edition NYM monopoly. Ya gotta believe!). It has also allowed me to move my home gym from an extra bedroom in my condo into a healthy section of the basement in our new house. As a celebration of my new lifting freedom and for practical purposes (not cracking the concrete floor), I decided I was going to build a lifting platform. A lifting platform is a slate made mostly from wood and lined with rubber. Its a station for one to set their weight and as a way to deaden to fall from of weight from failed lifts. Its a much better alternative to traditional rubber flooring due to its classic look and ability to allow for power lifting movements (i.e. jerks, snatches, cleans).
So the obvious first steps was to gather materials. I therefore set out to the local Home Depot. My first trip was a failure by design, but not a total disgrace. I had looked up the exact dimensions of the trunk of my car ahead of time, but apparently the internet had lied. The result was that the four 4×8 sheets of plywood I purchased were immediately returned and I also lost the respect of the “Pro-loader” that Home Depot had insisted on sending out to the parking lot with me. This was irritating, but It also gave me time to think if 8×8 was actually too large of a platform.
I returned to Home Depot the next day with a new plan (a 4×8 platform). I purchased 2×4 particle boards and they fit in my car fine. I also stopped at Tractor Supply (TSC) and purchased some stall matting. That stuff smells awful by the way. Its much better if you put it in the bed of a truck or drive with your windows down when you have it in your possession.
-(8) 2×4 pieces of particle board
-(2) 2×4 pieces of decent quality plywood (so that you can stain it)
-(1) 4×6 piece of stall mat (you’ll have some left over)
-(100) count box of 1in screws
-Small container of wood stain of your choice (I chose a dark walnut)
-(1) Paint brush
-(1) Box cutter
-Enough macros in your system to work for an hour
- Get two of the pieces of particle board and lay them next to each so that they’re flush.
- Get two more pieces of particle board and place them on to of the other tow pieces in a perpendicular orientation.
- Drive some screws through them so that they’re secure. As many as you need to suit your fancy.
- Repeat the first three steps with the other four pieces of particle board.
- Place a piece of the 2×4 plywood on top of the stall mat so that its flush and then use it as a guide of mat a cut of the mat into a 2×4 piece.
- Repeat the previous step. Set a side extra stall mat for when you make jump boxes ;).
- Align the two portions of particle board that was fastened together earlier next to each other so that they’re flush.
- Place the two pieces of 2×4 plywood in the center of the particle. They must be perpendicular to the seam created by the two portions of particle board. Measure to make sure they are truly centered.
- Screw in the plywood onto the particle board. Its very important the the screws go into the plywood and create a smooth surface.
- Place the 2×4 pieces of stall mat on both sides of plywood and screw in place.
- Stain the plywood.
- Crack a window, allow time to dry, and enjoy.