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TL;DR: Use a metal pole. Commercial dowels are not a good material to use for pull-up bars. The supports for the metal pole can be wood. I'm going to take the unpopular opinion and suggest that random oak from a big-box store is not going to work. Or, at least, it'll work until it doesn't, often in a spectacular manner. And it isn't really about the ...


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I don't know how to calculate it, but it passes the sniff test when compared to parallel bars used in gymnastics: These are made of (unspecified) wood, are 11.5ft long and 2 inches thick. They are of course made to support people who weigh more than 200lbs, doing very dynamic movements (literally jumping off of the bar and landing back on it. There are of ...


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