Minature Pallet Lifter

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Project by robscastle posted 05-25-2014 01:20 AM 1787 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working at Smiths Crisps repairing the “Potato Crates” they use to manage the bulk potatoes, well its fairly brutal wood working but pays the bills.

Here is one undergoing some torturous repair after the fork lift knocked them about.

The crates are all hardwood and what appears to be Jarrah, a bit of a waste but that’s the job.

The damaged sections are replaced and dumped on site. New sections are Yellow Stringbark (I think) but they are definitely not Jarrah!

I took a couple of pieces home and made a wooden in tray from one some weeks ago, and then this week after spending/wasting a couple of hours Friday looking for disappearing Pallet lifters, one vanished at smoko, and the second during my lunch break, it must have been playing on my mind as on Sat I made this miniature one for a bit of fun.

a scrap piece of Jarrah 150mm x 25mm x1165 ( originally)
Tite Bond III glue
1×4mm SS screw, for the pivot.

Table saw
Disk Sander
Drill press
Osc Sander
Fret saw, (It came out of retirement for the job)
Sand paper.
finishing Oil.

The process:

I built everything from memory and just ‘winged it” for the sizes, if it looked OK it stayed that size.

The handle is a possible too big for the scale, however it was a manageable size to fabricate.
The wheel and axles were all fabricated from the off cut.

The tine wheels are fixed as they were too fiddly to make rotatable. ( I could have done them it but I wanted to have some wood working fun.)

Drilled a hole to mount the rotating handle to the body of the lifter and used a 4mm SS machine screw threaded into the wood.

Had a few stress cracks in the timber so I had to remove bits every now and then otherwise a nice project for Sat, even Aurora thought it was cute!

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 01:32 AM

G’day, Robert,
That is neat little pallet jack/dolly!! Pretty cool!!

I see you said jarrah so I had to look to see if you lived in Australia where that wood comes from!!

Cheers , mate…..............Jim

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#2 posted 05-25-2014 02:43 AM

Fun project, nicely done.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 02:55 AM

now that was cool.

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 07:10 AM

What a lovely lifter.


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#5 posted 05-25-2014 07:57 AM

Well done Robert. Now you need to build some small pallets to fit it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-25-2014 11:33 AM

Well done, looks good. I like people who think outside of the box. Great project!

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#7 posted 05-25-2014 12:27 PM

And carve a “Little Guy” to run it. Good start on a whoile minature workshop.

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#8 posted 05-25-2014 04:59 PM

ABsolutely perfect.Verry nice.

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#9 posted 05-25-2014 06:11 PM

Well done, love it !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 05-25-2014 07:09 PM

I drive a forklift (AND one of these) all day. Gotta make me one (or more) of these!


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