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Project Submitted: 11/17/2016
I purchased a shipping container for more storage on my property. Once I received it, I realized that I would need steps or a ramp in order to get in and out of it better. I decided on a ramp so that I could drive my lawn mower inside and store it when not in use. Initially I planned on building one large ramp that spanned the entire opening of the container. I decided that two smaller ramps would be easier to work with and easier to move later if needed.
I used mostly flat scrap metal for this build. I used some leftover angle iron as well. The only thing that I bought specifically for this project was the expanded metal. I used 3/16" plate that was sheared on an angle for the sides and center support of the ramp. I used 1/8" angle as corner supports between the sides and the top. I decided to make the top of the ramp flush with the bottom of the door opening. In order for the ramp to clear the locking mechanisms on the doors, I had to make flat openings on the top of the ramps. To do this I welded a piece of 3/16" plate between the center support and side plate. Then I had to cut small pieces of 3/16" at an angle and welded them onto the top of this plate to make the rest of the ramp flush with the bottom of the door. I covered the top of the ramp with 10 ga. sheet and welded all the corners all around. I used 2" flat pieces of 3/16" on the bottom and back for support. Once the structure was complete I cut the expanded metal to fit and welded it on top so that I could have traction. I painted it with a rattle can and put them in place.
Sheet Metal Shear
Millermatic 211 MIG Welder
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Farm and Ranch
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