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Building a Stand for Weights with Black+Decker


DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks

Black+Decker is adding a new drill with a 20v Lithium battery to their line of tools. I was asked to try it out on a project! I created the DIY furniture plans to build a portable stand for weights and PowerBlocks specifically to test out this drill (and to organize the many weights I have accumulated over the past year!)

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Featured Image

The Black+Decker 20v Max drill is compact and makes it easy to get into tight spaces. The drill is also lightweight which will help reduce fatigue when using a drill for long periods of time. It is consistent in power and speed compared to larger drills. The Black+Decker 20v Max drill is perfect for any craft, hobby, or light home improvement project!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Drill

The weight stand is on casters with three tiers and is a compact size to organize weights with PowerBlocks (adjustable weights) sitting on the top. I used aluminum bar and angle accents to give the stand a more “sporty” look and it is easy to move out of the way after my workout!

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ brad nails
  • 2″ heavy duty casters
  • 3/4″ aluminum angle at 4′ long (2)
  • 1″ aluminum flat bar at 4′ long (1)
  • 1/2″ aluminum flat bar at 3′ long (2), optional
  • #8 x 3/4″ wood screws or self-tapping sheet metal screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Black+Decker 20v Max Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
  • 3/8″ drill bit (for caster sleeves)
  • Sander
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×12 at 4′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 30″
  • 6 – 1×2 at 8-1/4″ – Stretchers
  • 6 – 1×2 at 9″ – Stretchers
  • 3 – 1×12 at 12″ – Shelves

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

Secure the shorter stretcher pieces to the legs first, then secure the longer stretcher pieces. The compact size of the Black+Decker 20v Max drill makes it easy to get into tight spaces!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the stretchers. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the stretchers.

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Cut a 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ notch in the corner of each shelf for the legs. Set the shelves aside.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Shelves

Step Three

Secure the stretchers to the legs as shown in the drawing. The top stretcher will be positioned 3/4″ down from the top of the leg to accommodate the top shelf. Secure the stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The Black+Decker 20v Max drill has plenty of power to drive the pocket hole screws!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Stretchers 1

Step Four

Secure the remaining stretchers to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Start with the lower stretchers, then layer a shelf on top of the stretchers without securing it (in case adjustments have to be made!). Then secure the center stretchers and ending with the top stretchers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Stretchers 2

Step Five

Secure the shelves to the stretchers using glue and 2″ brad nails through the top of the shelf into the stretchers below. Position the upper shelf on the stretchers and secure in the same manner.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Shelves in Place

Step Six

Finish as desired. If using the aluminum angle and bar as trim, cut the angle pieces in half (mine were 48″ overall, and 24″ when cut in half). Drill holes spaced evenly along each side of the angle, staggered so the screws won’t interfere with each other, then secure the angle to the legs using the #8 screws. Cut the pieces of flat bar to length and drill holes along each piece. The holes will be drilled along the lower edge of the 1″ flat bar. Secure the flat bar along the edge of each shelf securing in place with the #8 screws. The Black+Decker 20v Max drill did a great job of driving all of the screws through the material!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Securing flat bar

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Securing angle

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Trim

Step Seven

Drill a 3/8″ hole at 1-1/2″ deep in the bottom of each leg to accommodate the caster sleeves (see the manufacturer’s instructions for details). Insert the caster sleeves into the hole and tap in place with a hammer, then insert the casters.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Casters

Now I am able to keep my weights and PowerBlocks organized, off of the floor and out of the way until my next workout!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Portable Stand for Weights and PowerBlocks - Completed

Pinnable

The Black+Decker 20v Max drill makes an easy project like this even easier! Check out this video on the drill:

 

I enjoyed using the drill and find it to be perfect for light-duty projects. Black+Decker is offering a chance for you to win a Black+Decker 20v Max Drill and a 20v Max Circular Saw to use in your projects! All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know how you would use the drill and saw by midnight on July 4. On July 5, a winner will be chosen at random! (This offer is open to US residents only!)

Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a portable stand for weights and PowerBlocks? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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  • Wendi@H2Obungalow

    I love how compact this drill is! I’d use it to hang my gallery wall. Our walls are cement board and we have to drill small pilot holes for nails to hang anything. This would make the job much easier!

  • stem activist

    i would use it to replace my crappy nimh drill that i use for work and the neverending misc projects around the house

  • Scott @ sawsonskates.com

    Love the wood and metal look of your weight stand! Oh man,
    the projects I could tackle with this compact Black & Decker drill… I wish I
    had it this weekend when I was building a plant stand and my cordless drill
    wouldn’t fit inside to attach the legs. I ended up having to use a tiny screw driver
    and now my hand is killing me! This compact drill would have been perfect for
    those tight spaces.

  • Domestically Speaking

    Love your workout storage! I’ve got some outdoor projects planned for this fall and an office makeover this summer where this drill would be perfet!

  • My Repurposed Life

    I love the addition of the aluminum pieces Cher! And the color? perfect!
    what would I use these tools for? Anything and everything, most likely some easy diy projects I have been working on. A gal can never have too many drills and saws, right?

    gail

  • Paula@SweetPea

    What a practical piece for your home gym! I love how you added the metal to the sides. A drill is something that we can always use. I’d like to have my own so that I could hide it from my husband and not have to look for his when I need to use one.

  • Terrie Smith Sherbon

    I have a cordless Black and Decker drill that I have had forever. I love it. I also have a corded drill (not B & D) that weighs a ton. I keep telling myself I am going to get another cordless drill so I can have one for drilling and one for fastening. This one would be perfect.

  • 1froglegs

    I have always wanted to have some TV trays for those times when we eat
    dinner in the living room, so I would use these tools to make that.
    Ideally I would make folding tables, but my skill level may not be ready
    for that.

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