Jerk Box / Pulling Block Costs

Jerk Boxes / Pulling Blocks

I recently posted about my homemade jerk boxes / pulling blocks.  After receiving a few requests for my exact materials costs, I figured I’d put together a quick post outlining them.  The items listed below are exactly what I purchased from my local Home Depot and the associated costs.


My Materials

ItemQty.Cost perTotalNotes
2" x 3" x 8'2$2.44$4.88Interlocking mechanism
2" x 4" x 10'3$4.17$12.51Shorter Boxes
2" x 12" x 10'3$13.57$40.71Taller Boxes
3/4" x 4' x 8' Plywood1$40.97$40.97Splurged on Maple Here!
3" Drywall Screws1$21.97$21.97Big ass box
5/16" Washers1$9.95$9.95Set of 100
5/16" x 3.5" Lag Bolts1$21.68$21.68Another big box


My Boxes

Jerk Boxes / Pulling Blocks

Boxes stacked up


Even though I had left over lag bolts, washers and drywall screws, for the purpose of deriving total box cost I’ll simply divide the fastener costs equally between the boxes.

Homemade 4" Pair Pulling Blocks$49.73
Homemade 12" Pair Pulling Blocks$90.44


Commercial Options

For comparison sake, I’m listing the costs of some of the more popular commercial options available (prices surveyed on 7/16/13).

Rogue2.25" Pair of Pulling Blocks$85.50
Rogue6" Pair of Pulling Blocks$154.00
Rogue12" Pair of Pulling Blocks$222.60
Rogue15" Pair of Pulling Blocks$265.20
Pendlay8 - 12" Adjustable Pulling Blocks$549.00
Pendlay12 - 20" Adjustable Pulling Blocks$599.00
Pendlay34 - 42" Adjustable Jerk Blocks$699.00


So it looks like I definitely saved money when you compare my costs to the Rogue or Pendlay blocks.  However, keep in mind, it did take me the better part of a day to build these boxes.  They are also substantially more difficult to maneuver than the commercial boxes.  If you’ve built your own blocks or have any questions about mine, let me know in the comments.




  • midoriakiko

    December 5, 2013

    Do you have the exact directions/measurements for the pieces of wood? I don’t have access to a saw, so I’d just like to buy the wood and have Home Depot cut it for me. It’d be much appreciated, thanks!

  • JoeBuck

    February 21, 2014

    Blocks look awesome. Do you have detailed plans for those? I really like how easily they can work as stand alone pulling blocks.

    • Brandon Heavey

      February 21, 2014

      Thanks for the comment Joe! I don’t have detailed plans drawn up yet, but it’s something I’m hoping to do in the near future, I’ve had a bunch of people asking about ‘em. I’ll let you know once I get the plans together.

      • JoeBuck

        February 21, 2014

        Sounds great much appreciated. I plan on going through and making these in the next 2-3 months, our weightlifting team is up to about 10 so it would be nice to have multiple pulling blocks and then consolidate them into jerk blocks. Are you in SoCal?

        • Brandon Heavey

          February 22, 2014

          Ok, I’ll set 2 months as my target to get some detailed plans together then 🙂

          I’ve definitely enjoyed working with the set that I made, and I’m sure they’ll help with your weightlifting team.

          I am in SoCal… Pasadena to be exact. Are you in the area too?

          • JoeBuck

            February 22, 2014

            Yea the University of La Verne so just down the road.

  • nbobinger

    September 29, 2015

    Any updates on these and the detailed build plans? any videos showing the various heights and where they provide points throughout the lift and the capability of them stacking together well? Thanks

    • It’s been on my list to put together more detailed plans for these blocks, but I’ve been slammed. Until I get my act together on that, is there anything specific I can help you out with or answer?

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