How to Build Your Own Dip Bars

You don’t need a gym membership to get a good workout. If you have space on your property and can rent or borrow some tools, you can build your own backyard gym. While this dip bar may look like it’s something just for one type of workout, you can also use it for sit ups and pull ups.

This was also built with available tools and while it may not be the best or easiest way to build yours, it should help give you an idea of where and how to start.

Note: I included the plans for adding a Sit-Up bar, which is optional. However, if you think you may want one in the future I suggest you follow my instructions on drilling the holes for it now as it will prove difficult to do once the posts are set in the ground.

Tools and Supplies

4 Pressure Treated Posts (8’ x 4” x 4”)

1 Pressure Treated Board (8’ x 2” x 4”)

2 Galvanized Metal Poles (1-5/8” diameter x 7’)

1 Galvanized Metal Pole (1-5/8” diameter x 28”)

Optional. Could be used for a sit-up bar.

1 Tube of Silicone based sealant

Handful of Galvanized Nails or Wood Screws

Power Drill

Hammer or drill bit for your Wood Screws

2” Hole Saw Bit with Arbor Bit

1/8” Drill Bit (at least 4 inches long)

Straight Edge Square

Caulking Gun

Hand Saw

Post Hole Shovel

Measuring Tape

2 Saw Horses/Elevated Work Platform

Sharpie or other Marking Device


Once you have your tools and materials assembled, it’s time to start the build.

via How to Build Your Own Dip Bars.


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