Wooden Sit Up Bench: Do-It-Yourself Project


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My sit-up bench

Sit-ups are ideally done on an incline bench, also called an abdominal bench, so that the abs work harder than when you lay flat. Rather than spend a bunch of money on a heavy metal bench, I simply made my own.

wooden inline abdominal sit up bench
wooden inline abdominal sit up bench
wooden inline abdominal sit up bench

Materials

Seeking to make a stable bench, I opted for using 2x8 planks, which are actually 7.25" wide by 1.5" thick. I bought an 8-footer and got it cut into two 4' pieces at the store for free.
  • Two 2x8 by 4 feet pieces.
  • Two 2x4 segments, each 14.5 inches wide.
  • Two 2x4 segments used to raise one end. I used two 7.5 inch segments but it's a matter of preference.
  • Eighteen 3" drywall screws.
Total cost could be around $20.

Procedure

  1. Lay the 2x8's flat and screw on the stabilizing center piece, then the piece at the end.
  2. Attach the two legs, being sure to add extra screws for strength.

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