This article first appeared at Straight to the Bar.
Ready for some pounding!
This is an easy design for an eight-foot square platform that will stand up to your heavy training for a long time to come. Protect your floor, your weights, and your knees by lifting at home on a proper training platform.
- Four sheets of 3/4-inch CDX plywood
- One sheet of AB or AC plywood
- One 8’ x 4’ horse stall (rubber) mat
- About five tubes of industrial-strength adhesive
- Calking gun
- 1 ¼” wood screws
- Reciprocating saw
- Chalk/string straight line drawing tool
- Lay two sheets of CDX plywood lengthwise side by side in the direction you will face to lift.
- Spread adhesive.
- Lay two sheets of CDX plywood crosswise on top of bottom sheets.
- Screw sheets together 2” from edges, 16” apart, around perimeter and along insides edges of top sheets.
- Measure and mark for center plywood sheet, running parallel with bottom sheets. (My camera crapped out on me for the next few steps. Grrrr!)
- Glue on higher-grade plywood sheet with better side facing up.
- Screw top sheet along 4’ edges ONLY.
- Cut stall mat in half lengthwise. How to: Lay two boards parallel with gap between them. Lay mat over boards. Draw chalk line down the center. Use reciprocating saw to cut mat into two 8’ x 2’ strips.
- Spread adhesive and lay down mat strips along both sides of top plywood.