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Patrick Donnelly
03-22-2011, 06:11 PM
I'm liking this a lot more than the stuff I used to build out of 2x4's and PVC. I don't have photos of everything I've built, and I've built multiple of several of these things, but here's a sample.


Barbell rack prototype:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TQ-wnzDDCWI/AAAAAAAACx4/WXnqOxvAwdY/Barbell%20Rack%202.jpg

Second build: (Probably the piece of equipment I'm most proud of thus far.)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TWMULqJtrpI/AAAAAAAAC30/UcpZJGshnjk/DSCN4644.JPG

With logo:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TWMUKdy3HLI/AAAAAAAAC3c/3kC4_nneOMo/s512/DSCN4636.JPG

And add-on barbell storage:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TWMUK8Vv_6I/AAAAAAAAC3o/yTiVYaLoGb4/DSCN4640.JPG

Patrick Donnelly
03-22-2011, 06:12 PM
Set-up: (This isn't my equipment here - built the rack for someone else.)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TYlDf6H6ZpI/AAAAAAAAC6g/4ZcaneH5c78/DSCN4646.jpg

Other rack:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TQ-woNIy_NI/AAAAAAAACx8/NiaHz59QW2Y/s512/Plate%20Racks%20%281%29.jpg

Squat rack:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TWMUMOun-AI/AAAAAAAAC4A/hUFqySubR2Y/Squat%20Rack%20%281%29.jpg

Sleds:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TQ-wobOwa8I/AAAAAAAACyA/r0nbZynhYkY/DSCN4620.JPG

Patrick Donnelly
03-22-2011, 06:12 PM
Loading pins: (Sloppy, one of my first works.)
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TRkSPluAKOI/AAAAAAAAC0E/l03VwvxR6I8/loading%20pins.jpg

Bench with natural GHR attachment:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TQ_o5YGcHOI/AAAAAAAACyM/rX2cFfO06-M/DSCN4664.JPG

Handbalancing canes:
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/4271/hbcanes3.jpg

Parallettes: (Refurbished, not fully fabricated - I can't build those handles.)
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/5803/17077449082758889178579.jpg



Currently working on building a run of about a dozen squat racks while I'm on spring break. After completing and selling them, I'll be able to get myself a new plasma cutter - then it'll be time for some real fun.

sarena kopciel
03-23-2011, 03:25 PM
Great great stuff. Where ya located?

Patrick Donnelly
03-25-2011, 05:24 PM
I'm in College Park, Sarena.


I finished a ceiling mounted pull-up bar this morning, including a U-hook on one side to hold a short climbing rope (for doing repeated trips in an L-seat position), and an oversized J-hook on the other side for holding my gymnastics rings up out of the way when they're not in use.

Now I just got to figure out how to mark out the ceiling joists properly. Bah. I'll post photos of that when it's set up.

Dave Van Skike
03-26-2011, 01:56 AM
outstanding work Patrick. You do full custom stuff?

Patrick Donnelly
03-26-2011, 01:34 PM
Dave, for the moment I do. However, I'm slowly putting together a collection of standard designs - it's much easier to work that way.

For a while I was taking custom orders from people on Craig's List, and holy shit, that was a mistake. I was spending more time answering people's questions through email than I was actually welding.

Then there were guys on two separate occasions who cheesed out on me, leaving me to find other buyers for their specially built stuff. The first guy taught me that I should start requiring non-refundable deposits before doing any work. The second guy taught me that I should start requiring the full amount. It's been three months and I still haven't found a buyer for the second item.

Now I'd only take a fully custom order from someone I know is reputable or someone referred through such a person.

Patrick Donnelly
03-26-2011, 01:37 PM
Here's the pull-up bar. Finally I have a place at home to practice one-arm hanging leg raises (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVRw5_Cg1ZA).

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TY5M13zBg5I/AAAAAAAAC7Q/Ug96DvPf_pg/s512/Pull-up%20Bar%20%281%29.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TY5M1vfUflI/AAAAAAAAC7M/lUk_-f3SE08/Pull-up%20Bar%20%282%29.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_63iSUzDqYds/TY5M14cjm3I/AAAAAAAAC7U/7FBYvBlYHpo/s512/Pull-up%20Bar%20%283%29.jpg

The rope on the left side is very thin (less than 3/4") and difficult to climb, but it works fine for short repeats. The rings on there are from Rogue Fitness, and are something I intend to replace. The rings themselves are too thick and the straps are unnecessarily bulky. Unfortunately, I have this bad habit of making beautiful sets of wooden rings, only to give them away to friends in the gymnastics club. Once I get around to making another set for myself then I'll outfit it with appropriate straps that hang better on that J-hook.

sarena kopciel
03-26-2011, 06:10 PM
Awesome work. A bit far for me though.

Patrick Donnelly
03-29-2011, 06:00 AM
Maybe I'll have the ability to ship stuff in a few months, but at the moment, it simply wouldn't be practical.

Jane Michel
06-04-2011, 05:03 AM
Your racks look really good!

How are the ring straps unnecessarily bulky? What does your wooden ring set up look like?

Patrick Donnelly
06-04-2011, 04:33 PM
The webbing straps in general make it difficult to turn the rings in and out since that rotation puts twists in the strap, which try to shorten the strap, requiring lift. For a 1" wide strap, the twist is minor and doesn't have much of an effect, but with a 2" strap like on the Rogue Rings, it's noticeable and annoying.

Competitive gymnastics rings eliminate this by using a swivel anchor.


And thank you for your comments on the racks. They're getting better (aesthetically) too the more I build, though there isn't much way to improve on the strength.