More Ramps ................Project #400

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-17-2014 07:44 PM 3794 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got to use my taper jig some more on 4 more raps for my daughter’s garage I will need to make the last 2 when the old ones made of treated plywood start to collapse.

These were bolted together using 1/2” threaded rod and nuts welded to one end.

I bought 2 6’ piece of 1/2-13 threaded rod from Menards and one was not “threaded”. I don’t know how they made it. I could not get the nuts to start of 4 of the pieces ( one rod) so I put them in the metal lathe and ran the thread file over them while spinning and the file did not advance down the piece like it should. This stuff had grooves cut in it bu there was no pitch to it. I don’t know how they can make it like this. I may write to them- the rods were made in Cincinnati.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 07:55 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention! Well done!!

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 09:13 PM

Now watch this get “Daily Top 3” with all kinds of Favorited’s.

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 09:21 PM

Practical as well as necessary by looking at the threshold of your daughter’s garage door.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 09:56 PM

Good Idea.

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 10:24 PM

Cool ramps

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 11:52 PM

COOL solution to a Crazy problem… :) LOL

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 12:49 AM

They would make great skateboard ramps too. Weird threaded rod problem.

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 01:56 AM

Jim, great job as always. I can understand your frustration with the rods and agree….”.How can they make it like this”?

Looking at the drop from the garage to the approach area to garage, would it be possible to lay some concrete full width of garage entrance and deep enough in the ground to hold weight of car and create a permanent smooth drive over without having to line up the ramps each time Daughter drives in.



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#9 posted 04-18-2014 06:18 AM

Great new ramps, Jim!

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#10 posted 04-18-2014 08:53 AM

These should last a long while Jim.

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#11 posted 04-18-2014 12:33 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This barrier is to keep the rain out of the garage. It was poured many years ago when the guy had a wood shop in the garage. it is at the low end of the driveway.
These ramps should last 10 year I hope or long after I’m gone.

The good thing is the wood was free- my neighbor works at a lot of job sites pouring concrete and they always have treated wood on the scrap pile. This place he is at now, the crew is real wasteful and he brought home 4 65” 2×8’s for me to cut the last 13 wedges out of.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-18-2014 08:05 PM

I could not understand what garage ramps were! until Cliff explained to me what they were for. A good idea but I would have used plywood glued up in sheets to the correct height, or make a more permanent solution as cliff says in his comment or have them or a big wide one fabricated out of mild welded steel.IMHO otherwise very nice job. Alistair

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#13 posted 04-19-2014 09:43 PM

That’ll get the job done nicely Jim, bet she’s happy with dad

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#14 posted 04-20-2014 07:01 PM

Ah Jim comes to the rescue, I’m curious as to what she was using before the ramps?

Why the wooden ramps instead of concrete ramp?

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#15 posted 04-20-2014 07:52 PM

Thanks Alistair, Pete and Randy!

Before these ramps she had ramps made with 3/4” plywood on 3 wedges. The plywood warped and the wedges rolled sideways after years of use. I think the solid wood will last a whole lot longer. Wood is also easier for me to handle than having concrete poured and it is a lot cheaper with the wood being free!.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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