Pull-Up Bar

By Homemade Modern

SKILL
intermediate

This DIY Pull up bar doesn’t need a doorway and can serve as a work out station for additional exercises. It is made from 2x4s, 2x6s, ¾” plywood and some iron pipe fittings. I was very carful to make sure that the structure was securely fastened to the wall to avoid injury. I consult a personal trainer, fitness expert, and doctor attempting any sort of fitness activity.

Tools

  • Stud Finder
  • Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Orbit Sander

Accessories

  • 8 PC. Forstner Bit Set

Materials

  • 2" x 6" Board
  • 2"x4" Wood Board
  • 3-1/2" Screws
  • 3/4" Plywood
  • 5-1/2" Screws
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Iron Pipe Fittings
  • Wooden Dowel

Steps

STEP 1

Cut the 2x6 and 2x4s I measured the wall and then used my circular saw to cut a 2x6 to that same length. My walls are about 9 feet tall so I used a 10-foot 2x6. I then cut some pieces of 2x4 so that combined they are the same length as the 2x6.

Tools

Circular Saw

Materials

2" x 4" Wood Board, 2" x 6" Board

STEP 2

Cut the plywood. I used my circular saw to cut four triangular pieces of ¾” plywood.

Tools

Circular Saw

Materials

3/4" Plywood
STEP 2

STEP 3

Glue the plywood together I glued the plywood triangles together to create two triangles that are about 1.5” thick.

STEP 4

Drill holes in the triangles. ¾” diameter steel pipe works well with but I prefer wood. I drilled 1” diameter holes to accommodate ½” iron pipes 9” long on the longest side of the triangle.

Tools

Drill, Forstner Bits
STEP 4

STEP 5

Sand the triangles I used my orbital sander to sand down the edges for the triangles.

Tools

Sander
STEP 5

STEP 6

Drill matching holes in the 2x4s. I used the triangles to mark hole locations on the sides of the 2x4s. I then drilled 1” diameter holes in the 2x4s. The holes should be right along the edge, leaving ½” of wood on the other side.

Tools

Drill, Forstner Bit
STEP 6

STEP 7

Secure the 2x4s and 2x6s to the wall using 3.5" and 5.5" screws respectively. I used a stud finder to identify the center of the studs in my wall. You can use a horizontal 2x6 at the top of the wall to tie the vertical 2x6 is tied into at least 3 studs.

Tools

Drill, Stud Finder
STEP 7

STEP 8

Assemble the brackets I used construction adhesive and 3.5” long screws to assemble the brackets around a scrap piece of 2x6. I cut short pieces of 2x6 to use as spacers.

Tools

Drill, 3-1/2" Screws

STEP 9

Install and test. I used 9” long ½” diameter steel pipe with caps to secure the bracket to the vertical structure. Choose a wooden dowel that is strong enough to support your weight.

Tools

Drill
STEP 9