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  1. #1
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    Default The Barbell Jack

    I recently discovered a nifty invention that greatly simplifies changing the plates for a deadlift. I had been using a "Dead Wedge," which is a little piece of rubber upon which you roll up one plate to suspend it in the air. It worked fine, and was much smaller--a benefit if you are tossing it in a gym bag. But I workout at home, and don't need to schlep my gear around. Scrolling through woodworking projects on Pinterest, I saw this contraption that hooked around the bar, just inside the collar, and levered all of the plates off the ground. The one that I saw was an off-cut from a 2x8, and the handle was a piece of galvanized pipe. My snobby lawyer brain immediately thought, "That sure would be cooler in walnut."

    I wandered out to the woodshop and looked around for some suitable scraps. I found a few pieces that were approximately the right size and pulled them aside. I looked through my forstner bits and found a 1 1/8", which is just about the same diameter as my 28.5mm barbell. I bored the holes at a level that so that the bottom would be about a half-inch above the space between the bar and the floor, lifting the bar just that much.

    After making a few, I found that they gain a lot of stability if they are >5" wide, and 6" is even better. I used boards that are 3/4" thick and 1" thick. The thicker boards do provide a bit more stability. Eventually I'll try a few 1 1/4" thick boards. You need about 16" of length, but that's the least important measurement.

    This one is white oak:
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    You just hook it on the bar and wrench it up.
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    Once in place, you can more easily put plates on or pull them off.
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    As a bonus, it makes a pretty good weapon in its own right.

    If you are a woodworker looking for a project that is more masculine than cutting boards or epoxy "river" tables, maybe this is the next thing. It's a really simple project; doesn't require any joinery; and still works even if you burn your cuts otherwise do a hack job. What is needed is that you put in the effort sanding it and use a decent finish. For this one, I just went with a simple tung oil (which is easy, but takes forever to dry).

    If someone here is interested in these but doesn't have the skills/tools to make one, I could be convinced to make more. I would only produce them as time and scrap wood allow, though, so you would need to be patient. It would cost you $50, and each one would be unique. I suspect most of you are up to the task. You just need to find a board and get to cutting.
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    That looks good! I work out in a bunch of different gyms, and use a Dead Wedge or just a 2.5 lb plate to roll the inside plate up onto, so I've never gotten around to buying or making a jack, but I still might make a project out of one anyway.
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    Quite a nifty idea. Thanks for posting it.


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    The one you sent - many thanks by the way...is being put to good use.
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    Mine is likewise being put to good use. Mine has some very appropriate scroll work on it. I would take a picture but am on the road right now.

    And yes. It makes a handy little weapon by itself.
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    This is a very cool and useful thing. Thank you LawDog, for this handy idea.
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    Looks like a South Pacific war club..... Probably function as one, as well.
    "When one goes willingly into the darkness, all he will find there, is what he brought in with him".

    --Gabe Suarez, after the 7-11 shootout

    Proper development of the 'Warrior Spirit', training and physical conditioning before 'The Event' cannot be overstated.

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    Very cool idea.


    Looks more efficient than lowering Jhooks on a cage and walking the barbell out. And I have scrap wood...


    I second the idea of shark teeth and walnut lol

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    Swap your tung oil for this:
    https://www.odiesoil.com/

    Foodsafe, works amazing.
    GFT.

    Try to replace hardware with technique. Technique is free, lightweight, and cannot be lost.
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