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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 1169 days ago 3227 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my side track projects that I knocked out today:
My shop is in my basement which is unfortunately only accessible through a trap door in the laundry room. Getting some of the tools down there was pretty tricky; I had to slowly climb down and lower the tool onto each step. I have been dreading when I have to move and actually take all that stuff back up out of there. Anyway this little contraption will help.
With the weather getting warmer I thought it would be nice to do some of planing and jointing outside since it creates so much dust. I built this in about an hour from free lumber from work and a brand new electric hoist that they were throwing out at work as well. It’s rated up to 440 pounds, though I don’t know if the 2×4 structure could hold that much.
Here I am trying it out on my planer which is about 80 lbs. It was a bit scary the first time, especially since I have to kind of guide it up to keep it from getting snagged on the steps. It worked pretty well, and the frame is collapsible so I’ll store it behind the steps when not in use. My dog didn’t like it too much; when he saw the planer rising out of the trap door he peed on the laundry room floor which in turn dripped through the floor into my shop. Great.

Anyway, enjoy.

-- Create something everyday.





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 1169 days ago

wow—what woodworkers will do!!

glad you are safe and sound after than tricky maneuvering.
(and poor puppy…)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Wolffarmer

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#2 posted 1168 days ago

Nice project. If the cross 2×4 is free of serious knots I am pretty sure it will hold more than the hoist will lift. Not that I am going to stand under it. And I think you might win the prize for the least accessible shop award.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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drbyte

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#3 posted 1168 days ago

Great idea, but that 2×4 should be in a vertical mode for better strength, and doubled up! Hope it doesn’t collapse at the wrong time. Be careful!

-- Dennis, WV

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Jack_T

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#4 posted 1168 days ago

Great idea and at just the right price too!!

Is the compressor going down stairs?

You may want to add bracing to keep the legs from moving in or out under load.

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terry603

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#5 posted 1168 days ago

nice when a plan comes together,great job locking the legs into the floor frame. i guess you have to be careful of the size of what you make.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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docholladay

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#6 posted 1168 days ago

Obviously, you can’t build any projects that are very large. Wow. As someone already said, tough access to your shop. I believe that I would look forward to moving those tools out of there. Hopefully that would mean moving to a shop that you can get in and out of more easily. Great little shop helper you built there.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 1168 days ago

When there is a will there is a way and you definitely found a way. All of us have most likely gone thru some difficult shop locations during our woodworking lives….but it progresses and improves. It is good to have a shop regardless of the inconvenience.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Sumdume

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#8 posted 1168 days ago

Sounds like you need to put the dog outside.

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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RexMcKinnon

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#9 posted 1168 days ago

Smart setup. I don’t guess your making kitchen cupboards down there.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 1168 days ago

Great beginning. Smart dog LOL! Using a triangulated support, with braces is good thinking..Engineered truses work that way. I have used a similar idea when assembling my bandsaw w/out help, and building a step ramp to put my air cleaner in the rafters of my shop/studio.

I will be stealing a little from you ..LOL..because I have to assemble a 17 inch floor drill press.

Thanks

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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lew

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#11 posted 1168 days ago

Wow! and I thought I had it rough getting my projects out of the basement shop!- ref- http://lumberjocks.com/projects/5811

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Paulo in Texas

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#12 posted 1168 days ago

Thanks for sharing, I can use this idea for getting stuff into the attic to clear up garage space. If you had an extra piece of plywood or something to lay against the ladder, that would keep whatever from bumping onto all those steps.

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 1168 days ago

niiice way of doing it :-)
but ….but ….please next time you either add two more boards angle 45 degree between the
legs and the beem on one side or make a tripod A to have the hoist on so it don´t colapse for you
just for you own safty

take care
Dennis

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Devin

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#14 posted 1165 days ago

What a great idea. I once shared your pain, the access to my shop was a trap door in a closet. I wish I had thought of using a lift like you did, brilliant idea.
I’ve since moved and now have a proper basement to use as a shop but here's a look at my old shops trap door entrance...

It’s amazing to see what we will do to pursue the creation of sawdust :).
Enjoy your shop!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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mbfunke

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#15 posted 1011 days ago

Got a chuckle out of the dog peeing. Thanks, I needed that. :-)

-- Mike Funke

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