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Old 04-17-2007, 11:53 AM   #2
Rick Deckart
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 554

  • A 25mm drill
  • screwdriver
  • smoothing plane, if the round timber for the sleeves is >=50mm diameter

Material list:
  • ~500mm of 51mm diameter round wooden stick
  • some scrap wood to make plate holders
  • 1650mm x 25mm aluminium tube, wall thickness 3.5mm (I did weighted chinups with 32kg on this tubes...) alternatively a wooden broomstick would do fine
  • four screws per sleeve

  • distance between sleeves: 1330mm
  • length of sleeves: 200mm
  • diameter of sleeves: 48mm (shaved down from ~51mm stock)
  • thickness of plate holders: 20mm
  • diameter of plate holders: ~70mm
  • total length: ~1780mm

Cut the sleeves to 200mm length and drill a centered hole, diameter ~25mm into the sleeves. It should be ~140mm deep. Cut some round plate holders (don't know the correct word) , drill a 25mm hole into them too, and attach them to the sleeves with three screws. Place the bar into the sleeves and drill one perpendicular hole half way through the sleeve. Secure the bar with a countersinked screw and you are ready. Cheap, easy to build and a much better feel than a single broomstick... besides as the diameter of the sleeves is slighty lower than regulation size, the plates do rotate, pretty good indeed...
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