Anyone have links or articles to build a DL platform?

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  1. LancerV

    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    My gym is going to build 2 platforms, we have the basics down just wondering if anyone has any tips or actual articles/links
     
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    uh....

    nail a bunch of wood together. put rubber over it. profit
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Thats bassiclly what were doing :eek3:
     
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    It shouldn't be that hard. Just use a 2x4 frame and construction with pretty close on-centers so it supports the weight better, then a 3/4" plywood with a rubber mat over it should be just fine.

    Edit: Or you could use 2x6 frame with 2x4 cross members so when you put the plywood and rubber down it comes out about flush with the 2x6 framing.

    Seriously though, shouldn't be that hard.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Were doing a 2x6 frame, 2x4 studes in the center, plywood, then rubber ontop of the plywood
     
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    So it sounds like you guys have your plan... so I'm kind of confused what you wanted help with?
     
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    Umm....recipe for failure....


    If the joists in the middle of the platform are not making contact with the ground then the fasteners at the end of each joist and the strength of the joist itself will have to support the load of a missed deadlift crashing down onto it. I say use either 2x4's OR 2x6's all the way around.
     
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    Or just take 4 sheets of 3/4in plywood, attach them all together in a criss-cross pattern (2 on each layer) and attach a thick rubber mat on the top. That is what I plan on doing in my basement in a few weeks.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    2x6 on the outside then attach 2x4's onto the frame so it will have support on the edges ;)
     
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    huh? mspaint something because I have no clue what yo are saying.
     
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    yeah, he got that part, read again
     
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    Black = 2x6
    Red=2x4
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    yes that is what I thought you meant.....lack of support in the center is obvious....
     
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    400 lb's crashing down will break a 2x4? :eek3:
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    It would have to break through plywood and then 2x4's but also when a deadlift comes down most of the momentum goes crashing down on the outter edges
     
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    It would not be an immediate break but more of an over time thing. I honestly wouldn't waste my time or money building it that way when it is going to become useless in a relatively short period of time.
     
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    just stack a bunch of pieces of plywood and cover it in carpet or rubber
     
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    I dunno how he was planning it, but when I suggested a 2x6 frame with 2x4 cross pieces, I meant to have all of the lumber touching the floor, so the size difference between the 2x4's and the 2x6 frame is on the top side. Then you could drop some plywood and rubber into that area which would raise up the level of the platform to be roughly flush with the height of the 2x6's. So in theory, all the weight support would be on the floor.

    Edit: I didn't think of just criss-crossing a stack of plywood though. That's a good idea too.. Would absorb more shock of the weight dropping with less noise.
     
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    Thats not a bad idea but seems a bit of a waste of 2x6's. Just use all 2x4's and attatch the plywood/rubber to the top of the frame.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    I think Ill just go with the all plywood and use a 2x4 on the outside for looks, thanks :cool:
     
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