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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 05-30-2015 08:14 PM 1841 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a loft in the barn that is 9’ up, in which I like to store the window AC units, along with lots of other ‘stuff’. The problem is that I only have ladder access to the loft and my tractor forks elevate to just over 7’ max. So I’ve been kicking around an idea for an elevated deck pallet.

Today hit 90 deg F, and SWMBO wants her AC, so it was time to slap something together quick. I found a 38×31 pallet, my old TS extension table and some 1x and 2x scrap, but when I pondered an old above the refrigerator cabinet my MIL gave me, it all came together.

Cost = $0 (all scraps and junk laying around)
time = ~45 min (made it in the driveway with cordless tools)
Function:
1. barn bench for servicing chain saws when not in use (cab. keeps the meeces out of my stuff)
2. mobile work bench for projects on the property (yard projects, fence repairs, laying up firewood, etc…)
3. elevated pallet matches the height of the loft deck @ full elevation, so I can just slide heavy stuff from the loft to the pallet and deliver to where needed.

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

It aint very pretty, but it gets all three jobs done.

Posted more to share the idea of a multi-purpose poratble bench, rather than showing off any type of skills.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt





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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 08:16 PM

It’s a long way up there…

Now the tractor forks can reach it for moving heavy items with power assist…

Delivered right to my door…

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 08:21 PM

Discovered a trespasser while about my work…

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 09:37 PM

Very nice. That gives the idea of “adjustable height work table” a whole new meaning!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 10:06 PM

Nice way to take care of business. You have to make the wife happy or you will have a very long day – grin.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#5 posted 05-30-2015 10:27 PM

Yup, redneck engineering, err Yankee Ingenuity at it’s best!!!

I had to “engineer” a similar problem solver….
Still not enough reach….
Hence the trailer.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 05-30-2015 10:53 PM

Great solution Matt…...and the price was right!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 04:18 AM

Way to GetRDone, Matt!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 06-01-2015 12:30 PM

Ditto, Randy and Candy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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