So all this hoopla about homemade contraptions has me a little more excited than usual. Anyone think about a homemade leg press machine or maybe see one online or something? Im searching, havent found much yet. Im done with squats and deadlifts, Ive given it my best and my lower back will not allow it, period. Not a damn thing to do with form, I know, I should see a DR. but until then, I wanna do some type of leg exercise. Im doing weighted step ups and even the dreaded leg extensions. I took a look at the "squat bar" and the ability to hold onto the rack or something fixed to keep a more upright position, I think would help but its not cheap. I even considered something like the "frank zane leg blaster" again, kinda pricey. What made me think about the leg press is I have seen mention were a few top bodybuilders have used leg presses primarily and have developed nice upper legs. I wouldnt be mr. o if I had the best drugs available....so surely I could develop decent muscle from this movement. Ive seen the vertical leg press machines everywhere, the old school ones, lay on your back, ah, not for me. The price is right, and tempting but no, not for me. So now Im thinking, what would be a good way to rig up a death trap for leg presses. I first thought I would need some type of roller device but Id imagine well sanded boards, maybe greased? would do just fine, especially at a 30 or 45 degree angle, anyone know the exact angle the commercial leg press machines are set at? Could even use an old bed rame, one afixed to the bottom, another to the upper sled part that holds the weight, grease the hell out of it, it would work fine. Just tossing around ideas, lemme know what you think. If I go this route, given my obsession with dumbells, I doubt I'll build a Quadrack, the design really appeals to me, simple and effective, however quadancer, if you help out on the concept of this, I'll name this one the "Quad press" unless someone offers a better name....maybe "Death trap" I thought about a leverage type contraption, as pictured. The top is basically two 2X10's and a post, either use a chain to hold the weight or build a box on top and fill it with whatever. The lower picture is basically post with a v or notch and a 2X10 or long post for that matter, in the notch, then attach weight with a chain, could alternate shoulders, however, not sure either would do much to ease my lower back, then again, maybe it would, as it would offer more stability and the ability to remian upright....definitely be the easiest.