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Need to make a couple Boxes/Steps Size questions...

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:48 pm
by wilburburns
I need a couple of Boxes for both Box Squats, Stepups, and whatever else I decide to use them for. But, I'm not sure what size to make?

How Tall are the normal heights? Mainly, the most frequently used?

How large of a top is necessary? IE: 12" square is to small (I Think), but what is a good size?

Cliff

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:21 am
by wilburburns
After doing more research, it appears as though the common sizes as found on Amazon are 6", 12", 18", 24".

For those who use them regularly, are these the optimal sizes or do you find that you want something just a little taller or shorter?

For reference, I'm 5'9" , My wife is about 5'2", and my mother is 5'10" or so. We are the main three people who will likely be using these.

As stated, I'll be making these and it won't be a problem to make them a bit bigger of smaller than what is commercially available.

Cliff

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:19 am
by pdellorto
I generally use a 24" box for step-ups, and I'm 6'4". I can step onto a 30" box but it's too high for real weight.

I'd look for a height that allows you to get a 90 degree angle on the leg, but not much high or too much lower.

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:19 am
by stuward
I think a good idea is to make a 6" box with several 3" spacers you can put underneath. That way you can adjust for what you need. You can leave a 1" stub of the corner brace to nest inside the bottom of the box above and they will stay stable. You will probably want them about 18" square or bigger for stability. You can make them tapered but that's a little more complex. It depends on your woodworking skills.

Here's an example http://www.georgehernandez.com/h/aaBlog ... PostID=614

This is the type of construction I was thinking of:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to- ... orage-box/

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:17 pm
by wilburburns
Stu,

Great finds. Wasn't what I had in my head to do, but I like it. The first link is built a bit heavier than necessary, but very nice.

I even like the stackable idea, woud make it quite easy to add more height if necessary.

Cliff

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:13 pm
by stuward
Something betwen the two, made of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood and 2x2 supports in the corners should be strong enough unless you have a football team training with you. Cover the to with rubber matting.

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:29 pm
by wilburburns
stuward wrote:Something betwen the two, made of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood and 2x2 supports in the corners should be strong enough unless you have a football team training with you. Cover the to with rubber matting.
1/2" - 3/4" plywood would be good.

I'm thinking 4 6" sections and a single 2" Section would give plenty of flexibility.

My testing around the office today says about 14" puts my knee angle at about 90^.

Cliff

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:41 pm
by stuward
If you want to minimize the peices, 1x12, 1x6, 1x4, 1x2 and a 2" top. That would give you everything from 2" to 26" in 2" increments.

Re: Need to make a couple Boxes/Steps Size questions...

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:29 am
by Alexa1994
Nice, lots more weight, and bumper plates at that. they're even color coded.