|Project by MasterSergeant||posted 07-07-2015 12:48 PM||1518 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
The way my garage is configured I have a door above the driveway used to move wood up into my shop. That is what it use to be for, now this door has an added task. I need to move large finished woodworking projects out this same door. I needed a means to lower projects safely and above all gently to the ground 27 feet below. I thought up all sorts of elaborate lifting and lowering devised requiring both money and material to build. Then one day I recalled a day on the farm while bailing hay. I was in the mow and we used a simple hoisting device hooked above the mow door. Here is my rendition of that hoist
1. I used two straight 2×4’s glued together clamped and exterior grade screwed together.
2. I need a 1”dowel as a support brace cut at a 45 degree angle. I indexed the cuts against the radial arm saws fence.
4. I cut and attached stop blocks on the hoist and support shop wall. Supports cut and shaped to accept the dowels 45 degree slant.
5. Wire rope used to attach the hoist to wall
6. I drilled a hole to accept the 1” dowel at a 45 degree slant, the slant is needed to keep the wire rope on the dowel and not slide off.
7. next to last picture hoist assembled in door
8. secured bolt with clevis attached.
9. demonstrating rope and pulley configuration.
10. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kelly_fuller/ shows my homemade hoist in action. I did have a little problem with the rope getting stuck but that was easily fixed and the hoist worked as well as expected.
-- Kelly, woodworker under construction