|Project by Jeff Tobert||posted 12-01-2013 05:59 PM||8351 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
This was the most massive project I have undertaken to date. It was a break away from furniture making into other areas of woodworking. I was asked to construct a 4 metre by 4 metre competition Olympic weightlifting platform for the Alberta Weightlifting Association. The association was looking for a less expensive platform (they can cost upwards of $20 000) that was more portable (the ones that are used in the Olympics are typically 3 sections at full length) so that it could be transported in a regular half ton truck. It was to be made of rock hard maple and be 3 inches thick. I have never ordered that amount of lumber before! As you can see in picture #2 it was about a lift and a half of 8/4 stock. The platform is constructed of 17 smaller slab sections where each section is constructed into a 3 inch thick butcher block bench top slab with the boards standing on edge. In order to bring the sections together into the full platform, holes were drilled into each board before they were glued up. The slabs are held together with threaded rod running through the platform into the opposite side of the center section. Picture #4 shows the slabs with the rod holes running through them. According to the rules of weightlifting, there had to be a 4 inch border around the entire platform, so I did that by carefully masking and scoring a line in the wood then staining the border on and then top coating the entire platform.
Here are some more pictures. Please feel free to comment and critique as usual
Set up and fit testing
-- All in or give in.