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Homemade Leg Press Machine

Homemade Leg Press Machine

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Homemade Leg Press Machine
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Table of Contents
Homemade Leg Press Machine ...................................................................................................1 Intro: Homemade Leg Press Machine ...........................................................................................2 File Downloads ...........................................................................................................2 Step 1: Parts / tools List ......................................................................................................2 Step 2: Painting ............................................................................................................3 Step 3: Lower weight support .................................................................................................4 Step 4: Upper weight support .................................................................................................5 Step 5: Installing 2nd yellow board ..............................................................................................5 Step 6: Drill peg holes .......................................................................................................6 Step 7: Add shoulder supports .................................................................................................7 Step 8: Add wheels .........................................................................................................8 Step 9: Finishing touches ....................................................................................................9 Step 10: How to use ........................................................................................................10 Related Instructables ........................................................................................................11 Advertisements ...............................................................................................................11 Comments ................................................................................................................11
 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Leg-Press-Machine/ 
Intro: Homemade Leg Press Machine
Hello! This instructable will show how to make a Leg Press exercise machine capable of over 200lb resistance. It is fairly easy and simple to make, not to mention safe tooperate.After getting a herniated disk in my neck from doing the traditional barbell-behind-the-neck squats, I needed something that would allow me to continue working my legswhile not putting any strain on my neck. After searching the net, I found nothing that I could make that would fit the bill. So, after much thought, I designed this machine inAutoCAD, then put it together one weekend in the space of around 4 hours for a total cost of $36.11 (compared with $270 for the dangerous looking Body Solid verticalleg press machine, skipping straight to the $1000-$1500 range for anything better).The machine is designed off of a creeper (flat board on wheels used to work under cars) that is used in a vertical position to allow you to slide up and down a wall, withslots for up to 4 of the 45lb plates (180lb plus weight of machine (32lb) = 212lb). The
attached PDF's
 give dimensioned drawings of the Leg Press machine, as well asmultiple 3D views.See video below or go to http://youtu.be/EafB3TLPGKc for a demonstration of how the machine works!Ready? Click Step 1 to see what you need to get started...[[Video(http://youtu.be/EafB3TLPGKc) ]]
File Downloads
IN-02-002-02_1.pdf
 (22 KB)[NOTE: When saving, if you see .tmp as the file ext, rename it to 'IN-02-002-02_1.pdf']
IN-02-002-01_0.pdf
 (310 KB)[NOTE: When saving, if you see .tmp as the file ext, rename it to 'IN-02-002-01_0.pdf']
Step 1: Parts / tools List
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this project.Notes:A. Unless otherwise noted, all item numbers are from Lowe's. Just got to www.lowes.com and enter the item number in the search bar to see exactly what I am talkingabout.B. The cost estimate of $36.11 does not include the extras (rubber backing, cushioned head rest); I already had that stuff lying about, and did not have to purchase it. It isyour choice if you want to add it.
PARTS:
1. 8-foot 10"x2" board, cut into 2 3.5' sections (with a little left over) (Item #77891, $7.12)2. A 96" long 2"x4" board, cut by your friendly Lowe's representative into the following pieces:(Item #7001, $3.32)a. 4" piece (x2)b. 10" piece (x2)c. 6.24" piece (x2)d. 5.5" piece (x2)e. 10.5" piece (x2)3. 1/2" ID 24" section of pipe (Item #24005, $7.13)4. 2 1/2" pipe clamps (Item #301380, $1.93/pack)5. 2 4" angle brackets (Item #19165, $2.87 each)6. 1" dowel (Item #19425, $4.35)7. 3" screws, approx. 38 (Item #112363; buy from local store where you can buy just what you need by weight)8. 1.25" screws, approx. 28 (Item #227168; same as above)9. Spray paint - optional (Item #'s 99337, 99369, &96394; $3.98 each)10. Rubber sheet,1/4 in thick,24x30 in (From www.zorotools.com, $18.06)11. Orange cloth (from Walmart, Item #16422458, $5.97/2yd)
 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Leg-Press-Machine/ 
12. Foam padding (from Walmart, Item #19397511, $6.97)Note: I used a different padding because I already had it, but this will work fine.
TOOLS:
1. Drill2. Staple gun3. Measuring tape4. Scissors5. 12" drill bit extension6. Various drill bits, including a 1-1/8" spade bit7. Gorilla Glue8. Utility knife
SAFETY:
While building this Leg Press machine, you will be using several things that could be potentially dangerous. For chemicals (spray paint, Gorilla glue), make sure to onlyuse them where there is plenty of ventilation and no open flames around. For the tools (drill, staple gun, utility knife), make sure you have read the owners manual foryour specific tool and know how to use it, and wear the appropriate protective clothing (safety glasses, gloves). For safety in using the finished machine, see the last step.
Image Notes
1. The rubberized padding and cushioned rests are extras that add a bit to the trouble and expense, but make the machine more comfy to use - decide now if youwant to mess with them.
Step 2: Painting
This step is optional. When I designed this project in CAD (see photos in following steps) I made the different parts different colors for clarity. When I got finished, I likedthe way it looked, and decided to just spray-paint the real thing to match. Find a good place outside and spray the 2 large boards yellow, then everything else green(except for the two 10" boards, which are red).For an added touch, I stuck a bunch of the screws lightly into the ground and sprayed the heads red, to give the finished product a professional touch.
Image Notes
1. Post spray painting
Image Notes
1. Pre- spray painting

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