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.


Seeking to make a stable bench, I opted for using 2x8 planks, which are actually

  1. 25 inch wide by 1.5 inch thick.
  2. 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 inch drywall screws.

Total cost could be around $20.



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