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DIY Bench Press Station



This DIY weight bench is made out of 2x4s, some ¾” plywood, and some foam and fabric and is designed for bench pressing. It was a really easy build mostly involving right angle cuts on 2x4s.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      ASSEMBLE THE BAR RACK The rack that holds the bar is made out of 2x4s glued and screwed together.

    2. Step: 2

      ASSEMBLE THE BENCH The structure for the bench is made out of 2x4s glued and screwed together.

    3. Step: 3

      REINFORCE AND ADD FOAM We screwed the bench structure to the rack and then added two additional pieces of 2x4s to reinforce the connection. A piece of 3/4” thick plywood 9.5” by 48” was screwed to the bench structure before a piece of foam was glued to the plywood.

    4. Step: 4

      PAINT AND COVER We painted the wood with an exterior-grade paint and covered the foam with some marine grade fabric. The fabric was stapled to the underside of the piece of plywood.

Comments (3)


  • I don't think this is a good idea. If someone doesn't place the bar in the notch correctly they could die. Please consider removing this project. Wood is not adequate to support this type of bench especially after time. The paint could easily hide cracks that are forming in the wood and joints. It looks very cool but please remove. 
    By Eric_klingsporn, on January 21, 2021

  • Never ever...did I say NEVER make a bench press out of wood. Barbells can easily crack the 4x4 wood and decapitate the user.  
    Come on Ryobi....even your products aren't strong enough to withstand that kind of weight over time.

    By markpmillernga, on January 21, 2021

  • Considering that most homes are made from wooden 2x4 construction, and that 2x4s are extremely strong in compression, I'd feel comfortable supporting a few hundred pounds with a couple of 2x4s. Since these plans have multiple boards laminated, it's even stronger.

    If you don't rack a bar properly at the gym I'm sure you could find a way to die, too, as unlikely as it is. Unless you're being completely irresponsible and using weights you simply cannot control (which you shouldn't do at home or in the gym, with diy or professional equipment) you should be safe.

    A very little bit of sense goes a very long way.

    If you're that worried about paint covering cracks, don't paint it. If it makes you uncomfortable, don't build it, but that's no reason to take the project down.
    By Wilwrk4tls, on January 22, 2021

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DIY Bench Press Station

by Homemade Modern
Aug 03, 2018

This DIY weight bench is made out of 2x4s, some ¾” plywood, and some foam and fabric and is designed for bench pressing. It was a really easy build mostly involving right angle cuts on 2x4s.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    ASSEMBLE THE BAR RACK The rack that holds the bar is made out of 2x4s glued and screwed together.

  2. Step: 2

    ASSEMBLE THE BENCH The structure for the bench is made out of 2x4s glued and screwed together.

  3. Step: 3

    REINFORCE AND ADD FOAM We screwed the bench structure to the rack and then added two additional pieces of 2x4s to reinforce the connection. A piece of 3/4” thick plywood 9.5” by 48” was screwed to the bench structure before a piece of foam was glued to the plywood.

  4. Step: 4

    PAINT AND COVER We painted the wood with an exterior-grade paint and covered the foam with some marine grade fabric. The fabric was stapled to the underside of the piece of plywood.