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Thread: Folding ramp

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    Default Folding ramp

    I have a room behind my garage where I store most of my tools but the floor in that room is about 4" higher than my garage. For a while now I have been wanting to install a ramp to make it easier to store larger equipment back there like my welders, but space is at a premium with my small garage so I didn't want to put in a ramp that was perminate. I came up with the idea to build a set of ramps that slide on a track. This way they can be slid into place and be anchored to the floor so they won't shift when moving equipment over them. When I'm done they slide away and fold up against the wall. The ramps are made of 1/8" plate with 1X1x.060 box tubing and the track is made of 3/4" tubing. The ramps can handle the weight of both my welders but I'm a little concern that the 3/4" tubing may not be able to support the weight of heavy items. I figure if this becomes a problem I can add a couple of skids to the bottom of the ramps which will support the weight instead of the track. It was a small project but like all projects I tried to do some things that I have never done before. Used the oppertunity to get some more seat time with my new tig.

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    Pretty slick, is there any thing that locks them up or is the off set weight enough to hold them upright ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by burninbriar
    Pretty slick, is there any thing that locks them up or is the off set weight enough to hold them upright ?
    Originally I thought I might have to make a latch to keep them in the up right position, but after i build them I found that they had enough offset to keep them against the wall.

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    Very nice. I like the idea that they stay there and you don't have to put them somewhere else, then look for them when you need them.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun Welder
    Very nice. I like the idea that they stay there and you don't have to put them somewhere else, then look for them when you need them.

    Tom
    And after you find them, have to move 10 boxes and a motor to get to them.
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    Thats a great idea, lets see if I knocked a door in the back wall of my garage/shop then I could ... guess I better not, that would be into the Den and I don't guess my wife would allow me to store welders in the den. Maybe I will do it while she is at work and ask for forgivness when she gets home
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundown
    Thats a great idea, lets see if I knocked a door in the back wall of my garage/shop then I could guess I better not, that would be into the Den and I don't guess my wife would allow me to store welders in the den. Maybe I will do it while she is at work and ask for forgivness when she gets home

    I got lucky I have a detached garage and when I married I told my wife you can do what ever you want to the house, just leave garage alone. She actually asked me to get rid of my girlly posters and I had to put my foot down. My garage is my sanctuary from political correctness, if I want Linda Vaugh or the Earls Pluming Girl on the gargae walls then thats the way it's going to be .

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    Default A mans's castle

    I agree, a mans castle is his refuge from political correctness. I'm building my castle, er, garage this summer, and I plan to install a 'throne' as well. I figure, that way the pictures can go up, and the wife won't get upset when she see them when she parks her car.
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