Wooden Power Rack Plans

Here are the plans for the power rack sketched out on some graph paper. The rack didn't turn out exactly as depicted here (and I haven't added the pull up bar), but it's pretty close. Click on to see them bigger:

The whole thing is 48" x 48" square.

Again, slightly different than the final product, but you get the idea.

Also, 4" x 4" posts aren't really 4" x 4", they're 3.5" x 3.5".


  1. Hello, I currently have a power rack that's only about 72" tall and I would like to raise it. Do you have any recommendations on how to do that? Would wood or brick work better?

  2. power rack made by wooden can stand for the overweight people?

  3. Anonymous - either one would work. I would at all be concerned about whether or not it can bear the weight, only that I wouldn't want the rack to slip off.

    Strength Areas - I've had 350 pounds on the rack to do squats and it was fine. I don't know what the limit would be. The weight of the person using the rack doesn't have anything to do with it, it's the weight being used. I expect this rack could do 400 -- since that would only be 200 on each peg or safety support.

  4. Thanks for posting the plans. I plan to build my own power rack soon. I'm curious why you trimmed the 8ft 4x4 down to 7ft? Thanks

    1. The ceiling in my garage is 8 feet, so that would have been too tight. I wanted to be able to move it if necessary. I could have just shaved off an inch or two, but decided to do a foot. If I had a taller space I would have kept it at 8' - then I could have done overhead presses inside the ra

  5. What do you suggest for the chin-up bar? Thanks

  6. I used the same bar for chins as I did for the safety bars - a 4 feet x 1 inch pipe. If you look at the final photos, you'll see it ended up a bit different from the plans. I drilled holes through each end of the bar and fastened it on top of the front posts. You can see it best in this post: http://woodenpowerrack.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-power-rack-one-year-later.html