If you have a general question not related to a specific project on this site post a comment below. If it is related to a specific project on this site post a comment on that project page.
I don't have tools, what should I do?
This is definitely something you need to consider. If you don't have any tools then obviously you'll have to buy them in order to make this stuff. Unless, of course you can borrow them from a friend. However, I try to avoid designs that require the use of fancy expensive tools. Almost everything can be done with basic cheap hand tools. They take more time and effort to use, of course, but it is a cheap option. Don't think that you need to go out and buy 100s of dollars worth of power tools. But if you have nothing then yes you may have to spend 50 to 100 dollars to get some basic tools like a hand saw for wood, a hack saw, a coping saw, a screwdriver, a tape measure, and a drill. In my opinion any man, particularly if you own a home, should have most of that stuff anyway. But none of this is ever included in the estimated project cost, so keep that in mind.
Can't I just buy used equipment?
Absolutely. Check garage sales, check craigslist.org. I'm always on the lookout for used olympic weights. If you can find inexpensive suitable used gear then by all means save the time and get it. Inexpensive quality used gear is probably the best way to go. Saves lots of time and lots of money. But that's only if you can find it in your area and that can be a big "if."
Your stuff is cool but I'm not skilled enough to make it.
That's not a question. The whole reason I write such detailed instructions is so that you don't say this. It's a double edged sword though. Explaining things in such detail also makes it seem really complicated, but that's not my intention. I just want to make sure I go through it step by step so that anyone can follow along regardless of skill level. The biggest obstacle is actually getting started. If you have no experience you won't feel confident but there's only one way that will ever change. That's your life lesson for the day.
Your stuff looks like it's gonna break and kill you one day.
Yeah, well, ya know that's just like uh, your opinion, man. It may look like that and perhaps one day it will no longer be suitable for the amount of weight I lift. I might be cheap but I'm not stupid. This stuff is plenty strong to do what I currently need it to do. I stress test it before I use it. And if it's the wood that's putting you off let's not forget that the structure of your house is made of wood and you don't seem to have any problem putting tons and tons of load on that.
In any case, safety is most important. If you build something and don't trust it then don't use it. If there's indication that it's going to fail, stop using it. Always test it before you use it. I put hours of thought into designing this stuff. I'm not just slapping something rickety together. Then I've tested everything I use with hundreds of more lbs. than I can actually lift during general use. I am smart about it, and you should be too.
So that's what I have to say about that. At least until the day my stuff breaks and kills me.
When are you going to do a project for ______________?
The short answer would be when I want to use it in my training and I have the money and space for it. Most of the things I want are already on the site. I already have all the basic stuff on this site to do barbell strength training and that is, in my opinion, the core of physical fitness. If you want to get strong all your really need is a barbell, a bench, and a rack. I have both those projects on the site in great detail and a barbell is something you just buy, not make. With those things you can do all the major lifts: deadlifts, squat, front squat, overhead press, bench press. And a myriad of smaller movements and assistance movements as well. And if you think that's not enough to get the average person really strong, then you obviously have never tried it. You don't need a multi-million dollar gym.
You haven't posted in a while, are you dead?
The probability of me being dead is relatively low, though not impossible. It's far more likely that I am simply more or less pretty well set in terms of equipment right now. And as more projects get added to the site that will become even more true. I don't aim, as of now, to make and post every conceivable piece of equipment on this blog. I just wanted to share what I made because it benefited my training so much and I felt others could benefit from it as well.
You're stuff sucks. It's dangerous. And nobody should use it.
You are free to feel that way. I have been using the equipment on this site for many years now, and never has this equipment been the cause of even a minor injury. If you build it correctly and use it safely then it's safe. But I never claim that the stuff on this site is the best possible option. I never say or thought that everyone should do it. If you have the resources then there are great benefits to going to a commercial gym, if it has everything you need. I love training at home so I recommend that as well, and if you can afford good gear then by all means buy it.
The equipment on this site is just one option. In general I would recommend that people go out on day one and just buy high quality gear. But people don't do that. People aren't sure in the beginning. They don't know that weight training will work. And they're not sure if they will stick with it. So they don't want to go out and spend $300 on a barbell, $200 on weights, $600 on a rack. $200 on a bench. And some younger people simply don't have $1000 to do it even if they wanted to.
I put in the time to make this site to help others. It's an option. Let those who want it take it and those who don't can leave it. Don't stress out and get offended over something on the internets. It's not good for your health. Use that energy to go lift instead.