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Power Tool Challenge ’16 – All About Organization


DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer – Power Tool Challenge

Yahoo!! It is the very first Power Tool Challenge for the year! Once a month, I join fellow DIY bloggers to create awesome, easy to build projects. This month’s theme is “Organization” and my project is a DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge, something that is greatly needed since I decided to take my health a lot more seriously (I have equipment stashed everywhere!).

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This easy to build box can house up to three sets of dumbbells and a small kettlebell in the front with space for a yoga mat and blocks in the back. The box also features hooks on the sides to hang resistance bands or a jump rope, and is on casters so it can be easily moved!

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (about six)
  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or stain of your choice
  • Vinyl lettering or stencils with craft paint
  • 2″ casters (with plates) and 3/4″ screws
  • 2 single coat hooks

Lumber:

  • Scrap pieces of 1×6
  • 1 – 1×12 at 6′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×6 at 14″ – Larger Box Sides
  • 1 – 1×6 at 9-3/4″ – Larger Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×12 at 14″ – Larger Box Front & Back
  • 1 – 1×12 (ripped to 6″ wide) at 9-3/4″ – Front Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×6 at 6″ – Front Box Sides
  • 1 – 1×6 at 11-1/4″ – Front Box Front

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the larger box sides and bottom. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Larger Box 1

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Larger Box 2

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the larger box front and back. Secure one of the pieces to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails – this will be the front of the box. Set the other piece aside.

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Larger Box 3

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front box sides and bottom. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each piece as shown. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

Secure the front box to the larger box using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The bottom of each box will be flush with each other.

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Front Box 1

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Front Box 2

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Front Box 3

Step Four

Cut the piece for the front box front. Do not secure it yet…

I found it was easier to leave the front piece and larger back piece off of the box so that I could paint. (I painted the other pieces separately.) This way, I made less of a mess! The box and pieces can also be stained, if desired.

Step Five

Once the finish is dry, secure the larger box back piece using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. Secure the front box front piece using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails.

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Front & Back

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Front & Back 2

I used vinyl lettering to add a bit of sassy motivation to the front of the box. This can also be achieved with stencils and craft paint.

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Down View

Secure the casters to the bottom using 3/4″ screws, and secure the hooks to the sides using 3/4″ screws.

DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge-Front View

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Now exercise equipment can be added to the box so it is organized and ready for the next big workout! Have any questions about the DIY Exercise Equipment Organizer for the Power Tool Challenge? Leave a comment below!

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  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Oh Cher I so enjoy the stencilled sentiment on your equipment organizer – that’s too good! Great idea to keep exercise equipment organized and ready to go.

    • CherTexter

      Ha ha, thank you so much, Marie! I’m better friends with squats than I used to be!

  • My Repurposed Life

    great organizer for workout gear. I love the sassy motivation Cher! We all need motivation sometimes, right?

    pinning!
    gail

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Gail! Sometimes I need motivation wherever I can get it!

  • Wendi@H2OBungalow

    I so need this! It should also say…put the cookie down! Super way to keep all the excersize stuff organized, I especially like the side hooks too:) Fun!

    • CherTexter

      That would be hilarious!! Thanks so much, Wendi!

  • Amyhb

    Love it, perfect way to organize the workout gear + motivation! I agree with Wendi, got to put the cookie down first. 🙂

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, Amy! Put the cookie down among other things (brownies, cake, etc.)… 🙂

  • Domestically Speaking

    Such a great idea! Love it!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much! I really love it and I can move it out of the way when I am finished working out!

  • Paula@SweetPea

    What a creative way to organize your exercise equipment. I love that you added wheels so that it can easily be rolled to your exercise area and then rolled away when the workout is complete.

    • CherTexter

      The casters make it so handy to roll the organizer out of the way! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Christy James

    I know you are glad to have a dedicated space for all that equipment, but does it motivate you to use it?? Ha ha. That’s what I need, although the “Shut up, and Squat” might just do the trick…love it!

    • CherTexter

      Of course it does (really!) and I love having it all contained! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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