plan for dumbbell rack

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    Feb 08, 2007 11:17 PM GMT
    OK Design Fags, step up, please.

    I've been toying with the idea of building a combination dumbbell rack / laundry table. (Go figure, my dumbbell collection is spilling down the hallway floor and the laundry room/gym is full.)

    I'm not sure if we can post images here, so I stuck some preliminary drawings here: the compost heap: Too many dumbbells

    I've never really seen a two-tier dumbbell rack that I liked, but a one-tier arrangement would take up too much space. Most of the two-tier designs seem to require you to make awkward and potentially dangerous lifts from the bottom rack. In this design, the racks roll out from under the table individually, so you can lift the big ones with your legs.

    I'm open to any suggestions on this, before I start cutting steel. Am I full of it on the two-tier thing? What are the dimensions of the biggest dumbbells that you regularly use? The smallest? If you line up all of your dumbbells, how long is the whole collection? Any other ideas for space-saving combos, especially if they're simpler than this?
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    Feb 09, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    I would think that adding a roll out lower shelf wouldn't change the lift angle much, if at all. Perhaps if the standard two-tier rack were a little taller, or if you had the lighter weights on the bottom shelf and the heavier on top...
    interesting engineering/design challenge though.
    my 23 cents.
  • andydude

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    Feb 28, 2007 12:22 AM GMT
    mindgarden, why don't you replace your massive dumbbell collection with adjustable dumbbells? This would solve your major problem with dumbells overrunning your home, the vermin! And you could probably help pay for them by not buying the materials for a new rack and selling most of your existing collection.

    PowerBlock is the best known name in adjustable dumbbells, but there are other brands. Here's an example from some random web store if you're interested in looking into it:
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    Feb 28, 2007 7:35 AM GMT
    Well, actually the individual hexes were much cheaper than any of those adjustable gadgets. They were pretty easy to buy on the one pair a month plan. Also I just didn't like any of the adjustable ones that I tried. I can guarantee that I will never wear our or break a solid hex weight.

    Oh, and it makes it easy to share when a friend stays over, too.