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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-22-2013 09:49 PM 1626 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter has a 4”x4” riser in front of her garage that the door closes on and she needs ramps to get up it on the outside and down on the inside. I think the riser is to keep the water from flowing in there when it rains.
I made some plywood ones about 8 yrs ago and now the outer ones have deteriorated so I thought I’d try another design to see if they last any longer.

These ramps are made from treated wood and the overall size is 4”x 15” x 30”. There are 10 wedges bolted together with 3/4” pipes on the inside that are drilled tapped to 5/8- 11 thread. the 3 rd photo shows the pipes and bolts used to pull them all together. I added some 1/2×1” x 20”C-channels to spread the pressure to the thin ends where I could not put a bolt

The 4th and 5th shots show the quickie half sled I made to cut the wedges and the last shot is the drill set up to make the holes centers consistent. They all lined up very well. You can really get a lot of pressure with those big bolts, too. I was going to use threaded rod, but I did not want any rods ends sticking out the side. This was more fun anyway!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 11:19 PM

Reads like you enjoyed doing this project Jim, looks good to me and daughter should be pleased.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 11:23 PM

G’day, Bob. It always fun when you have an excuse to build another jig/fixture. I’ll set them in place tomorrow!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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wiswood2

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 11:46 PM

nice looking ramps.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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BusterB

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 12:08 AM

Jim- Those sure look like they should do the job… and last much longer than the plywood to boot…Nice job buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 11-23-2013 12:41 AM

Looks like that will outlast plywood and should be “hell bent for stout” as we say in the hills.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 11-23-2013 12:50 AM

Good solution to fix that problem Jim. My son has a 3’’ riser in front of his garage and it’s a real pain going in and out. I think some contractors should of did a little more homework before building a garage. At first I thought you were building ramps to work on the car. Nice work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 11-23-2013 01:47 AM

That ought to do it Jim. She won’t have to worry about anyone stealing them as stout as they are LOL.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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CFrye

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 05:49 AM

Beefy Bolts and great ramps Jim! And may I say that is one impressive Wall of Jigs!! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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stefang

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#9 posted 11-23-2013 09:10 AM

Good work Jim. The ramps looks really well built. I enjoyed seeing your tapering jig.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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aussiedave

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#10 posted 11-23-2013 11:56 AM

Looks good and strong Jim….should more than do the job required….thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-23-2013 01:41 PM

Thanks Jim, Buster, John, Dave, Lee, Candy, Mike and Dave!!

Hi Candy, just last week LJ Doug Scott and I were discussing in my shop wall space and noted that mine was almost full with no more more space for jigs and fixtures. I guess I’ll have to pitch some picture and charts.
the lighter ones might be stored in the floor joists!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 11-23-2013 03:26 PM

Great work Jim, nice looking ramps.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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CFrye

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#13 posted 11-23-2013 05:57 PM

You could make a jig mobile/wind chime and hang ‘em from the ceiling Jim! Heeheehee

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 11-23-2013 06:06 PM

Hi candy. you know, that is one of things we brought up- hanging them on hooks from the floor joists on or shelves between the floor joists. There is not much wind in the for a wind chime except for when we get to discussing things- then the air is hot!

Cheers, Jjm

PS installed the ramps today and now I will be making 2 more for the other car. The old plywood ones have only come apart because the nails rusted off completely. Some stainless screws could save them.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger

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#15 posted 11-24-2013 01:33 PM

That should make entry and exit very smooth.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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