Yoshi's squat rack. Welding project!

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Yoshi's squat rack. Welding project!

Postby Yoshi » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:25 pm

Eh, I haven't done anything big in a long time so I figured I'd post up a mini project of mine. For xmas last year I got a new welder since my old one was literally $100 and used so badly. Turns out, it's MUCH easier to weld when your welder actually works. Who knew? Plus the material I was welding was 1/16" so it's hard to blow through.

The project is pretty simple. I have a squat rack but no way to dump the stack if I can't make the squat. I could drop it behind me but that hurts your back and I might fall over onto it. Not to mention the damage it would do to the floor. Most commercial racks have pins or a whole cage where you can adjust the safeties. I wanted to keep mine short to save space but still be enough so I can easily dump the stack pain free.

The idea is simple. box that bitch. I cut out 4 pieces of metal and welded it in such a way that it cambers slightly inward to the rack. That way it won't accidentally roll off and onto me/the floor. I thought about putting hooks on the end but I might catch my eye or something. This seemed safer and easier.

Most of my welds were this pretty. Some aren't as pretty just because I doubled over them for giggles. Can't really do dimes with a mig welder.
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Note how the top slats sit on top of the pillars. That's to make it stronger to accept the down force of my heavy ass weights.
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Post paint side view. You can kinda see the slight angle downward.
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Final product but bad pic. I haven't had to use it yet but I did a few tests and it held ~300lbs falling from 1 foot up. I might go back and put a cross bar in to make some triangles later. It's overkill but it is my life.
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Postby M20_fever » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:20 pm

nice looking welds. I heard you can blow out your sphincter doing squats.
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Postby Yoshi » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:19 pm

at like 800lbs. Don't think I'll get there. The goal goal is 315. I just did 265 today.
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Postby M20_fever » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:27 pm

Are you sure? I thought it was like 280 for Asians?
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Postby Yoshi » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:30 pm

Uh. I'll tell you in a week? I raise weights 5lbs a session. Got 1 more session this week. 285 is an intermediate goal of 1.5x my body weight. W00t.
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Postby 87e30 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:18 am

M20_fever wrote:Are you sure? I thought it was like 280 for Asians?
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:32 am

Wow... didn't expect this thread to go in that direction.. :)
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Postby Yoshi » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:45 am

Don't lie.
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Postby ponycarman » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:45 pm

Lol y'all crack me up. Good looking welds! I've been getting bunches of practice myself here rescently. Luckily though it hasn't been anything that has to be "pretty".
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Postby Yoshi » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:53 pm

Usually, pretty welds are the strongest. Although, your idea of pretty changes once you start welding. For me, sometimes my line is just off. Gotta weld over top, then it looks bad. It's structural, you just goofed. I'm not gonna grind it all off and try again for a momentary ops.
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Postby ponycarman » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:03 pm

Yeah. I have been using flux cored wire so even if I get the weld formed correctly its still some what ugly. Just from the slag and the discoloration from the flux. But if its hidden, going to be ground down, or just doesn't matter then its not a problem for me. While I like the look of a pretty weld. Strength is much more important to me. So far so good though. Ive done some automotive stuff, a trailer, some restaurant hood work, and a hand rail. Its all been good.

Welding is fun for small projects but I wouldn't want to do it as a profession
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Postby Yoshi » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:17 pm

Why even bother grinding down welds though? Just covers up high welds or bad welding. On exhausts I do it to find leaks. It's hard to tell with texture.
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Postby ponycarman » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:01 pm

I had to grind them down on the hand rail we did to get any of the sharp edges gone. Its hard to explain. The rail had to be built very oddly. We used some mis matched tubing because it was free. It resulted in some weird gaps. After it was solid we had to fill in some large gaps because of the different tubing sizes.

Only other time I had to grind then down was on my car.The threaded tube for the gc coilovers wouldn't fit over the welds from shortening the strut tubes. So I had to grind. Anything else I just leave it as is.

When I welded up the restaurant hood ducts it wasn't so much of structural welding as just making sure they were sealed up.
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Postby Yoshi » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:38 pm

Makes sense.
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