I've gotten most of my ideas from this guy. No, I am not this guy. http://homemadestrength.blogspot.com/2011/04/more-than-just-squat-stands.html The directions are simple and easy to follow. I'm not a carpenter by any means. I got a tool kit last year for Christmas and I put them to good use. The squat rack cost about 50 bucks to make. I added the safeties myself. They're common sense on how to install. Took about three days to make, and most of that was just letting the concrete dry. The bench also cost about 50 buck to make. Took a day. Supposedly can support close to half a ton. I've been piecing the weights together for a while. That'll be the most expensive thing to acquire, but Craigslist is golden. Here it is. Sorry for quality of pics. Basement lighting blows.