Build Your Own Homemade Pull Up Bar In Less Than 1 Hour

Tick. Tick. Tick. Time was running out! Shaye had challenged me to create a homemade pull up bar in less than 1 hour.

Punishment for failure: 200 squats... Ouch!

homemade pull up barI scribbled some rough drawings on the back of a serviette, grabbed some power-tools and scrounged up all the wood and metal I could find.

I sawed, hammered, drilled and cursed like a mad-man for the next 57 minutes!

Yes! I managed to finish and save my butt (from the squats) with 3 minutes to spare!

Above is a picture of the bar I created that day. I know, it's not pretty. In fact, it's downright ugly. But it works perfectly, and has for several years now - It's strengthened my upper body and core like crazy!

If you'd like your own homemade pull up bar, you can also have one in less than an hour. You'll find the plans below... :)


Homemade pull up bar instructions

Materials needed

  • 2 pieces of timber. approximately 65mm x 45mm (2.5" x 2")
  • Metal tubing: approximately 1m (39") long with a 30mm (1") diameter. This length is required so you can do both chin ups and wide grip pull ups. Not sure of the difference? This pull up workout explains it.
  • Wood screws


How to build it

homemade pull up bar plan
Distances for my homemade pull up bar


Find somewhere appropriate to build your pull up bar. I attached mine to the joists underneath the top floor deck on my garage.

Decide how high off the ground you would like your pull up bar. Ideally you want it high enough so that you can just touch the bar with the tip of your fingers (A). That way you can't cheat when doing pullups.

Once you know distance A, simply subtract it from the total distance of the ground to joists (B) to get the length of your timbers (C).

Simple... B-A=C

Cut your timbers to the correct length.

homemade pull up bar
Various measurements

My pull up bar required 2 vertical timbers screwed onto the joists of my deck. The joists were spaced 450mm apart (but yours may be different) so that's the distance between my timbers (D).

Drill 2 holes (G) in the bar D distance apart. Make sure these are equally spaced from the centre of the bar.

Using a hole saw, cut a (slightly larger than bar-sized) hole out of both pieces of timber so that the bar can slide through (F).

Screw 2 screws into the wood at position H. They should just poke through slightly on the inside of the hole.

Insert the bar into it's final position. You'll notice the bar still rotates freely... We're about to fix that.

Line up the holes in the bar with the screws and finish screwing them in.

ie: Line up G with H

Now as a final step, fix the timbers to the joists using 4 screws at position (E). Make sure your screws are long enough to keep it stable.

Congratulations, you now know how to build your very own brand new outdoor pull up bar.

If you don't feel like building a pull up bar, there's always the option of buying a door pull up bar. They just pop nicely into your door frame with very little hassle. Click here to read more about door pull up bars - including our visitors opinions of them.




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