Building knee-up, dip, and pull-up station from reclaimed wood.

What’s with all this reclaimed wood!?!?

Its called old growth forest. I mean, there’s nothing left of the original forest, so we may as well use the boards that were made from it. Though weathered, the cedar used for this station is extremely dense, and has very tight grow rings. They don’t let ’em get that old anymore…

First, we rescued the hardware from an old, rotting knee-up station.

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We repainted and greased the brackets. A 2×4 fits into the bracket, and it’s wrenched down with a bolt from the side. I have no idea where these orginally came from, nor where to order them. Look around and ask the Universe to help you find something suitable!

I pre-drilled some notches in the 2×4 to ensure the bolt got a good “bite” on the wood.

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Now, to lay out the station, as they all need to be pretty close to perfect to be use-able for exercise. First, we set up the pull-up portion, intending to lay out the back two posts for the knee-up poles.

I want the pull-up bar to be at about 6′ from the ground. So I cut myself some 8.5 foot poles because I’m going to dig them 2′ into the ground, and set them with cement. I also ensure they’re plumb on all sides.

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Set in cement, and brace.
We just used some quick-set hand-mixed cement that comes in 80lbs bags. We used a little over one bag for each pole.
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After the cement has set, its time to attach the hardware! We predrilled for the 1/2″, 6″ length lag bolts.

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What fun.
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Perfection ensues:
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Now, we have the pull-up bar! Lookit that bar…

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Okay, let’s start laying out for the knee-up portion…

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Dig two more 2′ holes.

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Many drilled-holes, and lag-bolts later… we have completed the beastly station.

Nice one!!!

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(The pallet fence is laid-out behind it; yet another project!)
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Knee ups!

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