Cost: $15 - $20
Project Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: You have to cut plywood and use glue and screws.
- Saw - Either a hand saw or a circular saw or other type of saw to cut plywood.
- Caulk Gun - if you choose to use Liquid Nails to glue the rubber down
- Plywood - I went with a single piece of 3/4" thick oriented strand board. It was 2' x 4'
- Liquid Nails - (optional) If you want to glue the rubber down.
- Wood Glue - (optional) not strictly necessary if you use screws but I like to use it. If you're using Liquid Nails for the rubber you can just use that to glue your plywood together.
- Screws - make sure they are long enough to go through all layer of the plywood but no so long that they poke out of the bottom layer. In my case, I used 1 inch long screws to secure two layers of 3/4 inch plywood.
I have been wanting a lifting platform for a while, but I just don't have the space for it. I don't even really have the space for a half platform to use for deadlifts. But it's getting to the point where my deadlift is heavy enough to want some floor protection underneath.
A full size platform (8' x 8') weighs somewhere around 300 lbs. Hardly easy to move and obviously takes up a lot of space. I don't even really have room for a half size platform (8' x 4'). Since I want it for deadlifts only, and I don't pull sumo I really didn't need anything as big as a half platform. Instead I made a 3 piece design. It's light, you can move it when not in use, and it cost me only $15.
The whole thing weighs 28 lbs. and as you see in the video you can carry it all in one arm and easily store it away when not in use.