With only a few pieces of wood and some
deck screws, you can make a basic
bench for using free weights.
I had some extra wood lying around, actually
some of it I had bought out of the Extras bin
at a hardware store for cheap.
I also needed a weight bench, so rather than spending
a large amount of money I decided to make one myself.
Two 5.5" by 1.5" boards ("6x2"),
about 36 to 40 inches long depending on your size.
Measure from your top-of-head to buttocks
to get the needed length.
Seven 2x4 segments, 11" each.
Around 32 drywall screws, 3" length.
I bought a 1 pound box for $5.
Total cost should be something like $15.
Cut all wood pieces to the proper lengths.
Stabilize the two pieces constituting the top of the bench by attaching the central cross-beam (see photos).
I believe I actually attached the legs next. I was very careful to make sure they were perpendicular with the bench top. After each pair I put in the stabilizing end cross beam.