I wanted to build a deadlift platform. But most of my tools didn't survive the coast to coast and back move(s). I did a few DIY Deadlift platforms searches online to get some ideas. Some where pretty fancy (welded steel) and some where pretty low-tech (un-screwed stacked plywood) -I think I picked a good middle ground. My wood center piece on this one is a bit more narrow than most I found online. I deadlift conventional so the 2 foot width has been fine for me. Plus I only had to cut the horse stall matt in half (1 cut) in lieu of trimming it twice -which would have needed to be done if the wood center piece was 3 feet (which was a common width I found online).
(3) 4'x8' OSB
(1) box of screws (1.25" deck screws)
(1) 2'x4' cabinet grade board 3/4" thick
(1) clear sealer
(1) 4'-6' Horse Stall mat 3/4" thick
*These are not all created equal. I read mixed reviews online. Some said the mats where great; others said they were terrible. My experience I went to 1 location a got a great mat. I went to a different location to get a second mat, had a different experience. Second mat seemed to be of a lesser quality material. Had a different appearance & texture. This second mat also had a strong odor that overpowered the workout space. My advice if you don't like what you see - try a different location.
(1) left over webbing from a broken ratchet strap
(1) moving blanket
(1) Gorilla wood glue
(12-24) roofing nails [if you use the moving blanket for a bottom]
**If you do not add the Misc optional components you can skip past picture 4 to the "Not pictured" section where you will line up and screw together all 3 OSBs.
Added the webbing for handles because wanted to be able to move the platform around without having to have to take it apart or need to get help.
Originally added the moving blanket to the bottom because the flooring is tile and wanted to protect the tile from getting scratched up. Bonus the moving blanket helps slide the platform when moving it around by yourself (doesn't move around when loaded or just bumped into).
Sneak Peek. Center wood unfinished. Originally was going to try to create some sort of art work or my initials - but due to the fact that in school, I took art appreciation and not art skills- decided to stain the wood in lieu of messing it up with my lack of art skills.
P.S. You may need to sand or prep your wood. This one was not prepped. Also read the instructions for your stain and clear coat.
Here we are finished product. Because I did not have the correct drill bit to countersink the screws and didn't want to mess up the wood - did not screw the center board down. It will slide out, if you slide it out. But standing on it, it stays in place.
Thought about painting the front of the OSBoards black, but didn't think it was worth the trouble. Maybe if we move I'll do it.
How easy it is to move around by yourself (the video below).
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