|Project by pitchnsplinters||posted 08-18-2011 06:01 AM||3076 views||11 times favorited||13 comments|
Certainly not the cheapest, lightest or most compact of ramps, but I just wasn’t satisfied with the options at the local car parts stores or farm supply center. The downside … they are heavy. The upside … every problem has a solution.
I ended up with a set of ramps that don’t budge while climbing and don’t require gunning the engine to reach the summit. I’m not a teenager anymore so I added the wheels to allow me to move it around without lugging the full brunt of their weight. Two sets of hand holds; one set to use to fine tune their position while on the ground, the other for getting a grip while they stand upright.
Final dimensions: 12-3/4” high, 11-1/2” wide, 60” overall length, 15 degree approach
Materials: 2” x 12” (cut down to 10-1/2”) for the sides, 1-3/4” x 11-7/8” LVL (cut down to 11-1/2”) for the surface, (2) x 1-1/2” dia wheels
Time to build: ~15 hrs
They take up very little space in the garage, are easy to move and easily support the front end weight of my Nissan Titan. My wife thinks I’m crazy, but I got to spend quality time with my tools and my boys.
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