Okay the shop reorganization is NOT the gift for my father in law, but bear with me, this is kind of interesting…
My father in law due to age, and the condition of his house, has been needing to be moved into somewhere that the extended family can more easily get to, and give him the assistance he needs in his everyday living. He’s 85 with somewhat limited mobility, and a failing memory. He simply can’t be trusted with a stove or oven any more, so we are always taking him meals etc…
My brothers in law have a business (shop) that is on a good size piece of land, and has a couple of pads with RV hookups for potable water, sewer, and 30 amp shore power.
The solution was something we have been talking over with him for about a year now, and we went ahead and bit the bullet.
Most, but not all of the siblings in law got together and bought him a nice, fully loaded 33’ travel trailer that we have set up on the RV pad.
The problem was the steep steps to get into the RV. It was hard for him to get in, and out of the RV.
The solution? Build a small deck with an access ramp next to the RV!
Since the deck / ramp was built floating (not in ground) it is considered an “RV Accessory” and not a permanent structure, so no permit was needed, which gave us a LOT more freedom in design.
For the door height of the trailer (32” threshold from the ground), code says a run of 12” for each inch of rise, so to be code the ramp would have needed to be 32 feet long, which was not feaseable for us, and honestly he didn’t want that.
It was built instead, as a deck slightly lower (2”0 from the threshold height to allow for moving around the lot if needed. The deck is small, 5’ x 5’, and the ramp width was sized to match the trailer door width (30”), and a run of 12 feet. Not fully ADA compliant, but it works well for him.
We litereally went from an idea on a sketchpad at 3:00 in the afternoon, to a completed deck (sans rails, still need to finish them) by midnight. I had help offloading stock from the truck and onto the miter saw stand, and driving a few nails in spots that are just too small for me to fit my fat backside into, but aside from that it’s all my doing, and I am sore as heck from all that hard work in the Texas summer heat!
I will be heading over later on this week to finish up the rails…
I do have some concerns long term for the durability of this particular deck / ramp. Mostly because we used what we could get from our local Home Depot as far as pressure treated lumber is concerned, and most of it was still literally dripping wet. I have no idea what is going to want to twist as it dries. I will deal with that as it comes along.
I did end up dragging my old B&D Firestorm 10” non slide miter saw and stand, and it did the trick, just barely, for most of the cuts. There were a couple of long angles that I had to whip out my ancient Skil saw for. I managed to run through a mess of 2.5” framing nails using my Harbor Freight 28 degree framing nailer.
The stock for the rails is ready to be cut, 2×2s and 2×4s The 2×2s are for the uprights, and will be attached with 2×5” hot dipped screws, the rail itself will be 2×4 and attached with screws to the 2×2s. IF this were permanently set up I would use 4×4 more extensively, but this is after all, a free standing deck. 2×2 will handle the load requirement per code so I am good aside from the run of the ramp.
Anyway, LONG story short, the cutoffs from this project are providing me everything I need to get my bench grinder / sharpening station built. I already have the 4×4 post cutoff back in my shop and ready to go. I will have at least 4 24”+ 2×4 cutoffs. The 4×4 and 2×4 stock was plenty dry at Home Depot, I am figuring on building the stand, and painting it the same dark emerald green I used for the Christmas Tree Stand.
I have non PT 2×2 in my shop as well, so if I have cutoffs from the railing project, which is possible, or not, I will be makign a “cleat” around the top of the post to attach the base for the grinder to using 2×2 stock, wood screws, and plenty of glue.
I am re-examining my use of space to the right of the table saw, and contemplating my options for the bench top jointer and planer. A single dedicated flip top stand could roll into the space they currently are in, which might work well for me, wheel them out to before the saw, s4s the stock, bring it to the saw process to size / cut any dadoes / rabbets needed etc… Route anything that needs to be done on the router table, then move around the back to the workbench…
Oh and to top it all off, I still haven’t found my hole saws! Can you believe it? I checked behind the miter saw station, no joy. I am starting to think shop gnomes are stealing my hole saws!
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