Desktop Forklift

  • Advertise with us
Project by djc4990 posted 124 days ago 1356 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this project for my girlfriend. She always loved watching me drive a forklift and this was a good way for her to remember me every time she sits down at her desk =). The “unit” on the forks has room for business cards and the back is a pen holder…made with various woods, pine, cedar, oak….whatever i had around the shop. lots of gluing and sanding…was a good way to play with my new oscillating sander.

only problem im encountering is that it is a bit top heavy and i worry that when its fully loaded up top it may tip over…any ideas on how to weigh down the back? i obviously didnt have the load triangle in mind…

UPDATE…so i tried adding weight to the underside with various drilling and filling but nothing was substantial enough. i decided on adding a 3/4” piece of maple to the underside which provided more than enough stability left and right as well as hold it down…Plus i think it looks nicer with the base…finished it off with spray gloss poly which is very awesome and easy to use especially around all the details

-- Every bad idea is born in moms garage.

13 comments so far

View chadgr's profile


85 posts in 807 days

#1 posted 124 days ago

Looks good. For the stability problem i would drill a hole with a forstner bit in the base of the forklift and fill that with some heavy piece of metal or bb bullets then seal the hole up and be done.

-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

View mcoyfrog's profile


2875 posts in 2189 days

#2 posted 123 days ago

Kewl project, I agree with Johnny just fill a hole with heavy stuff and hide it.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

View bit101's profile


84 posts in 472 days

#3 posted 123 days ago


View HillbillyShooter's profile


4340 posts in 887 days

#4 posted 123 days ago

Very nice—looks cool. As for the heavy stuff, I would use lead shot (or pour lead into the cavity if you have a lead furnace like those used to case lead bullets).

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

View majuvla's profile (online now)


3214 posts in 1463 days

#5 posted 123 days ago

Nice toy!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View aussiedave's profile


3014 posts in 419 days

#6 posted 123 days ago

Very cool idea…nice project. The important thing is, does your girlfriend go Vrooom Vrooom when she plays with it on her desk….:) Thanks for sharing.

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

View steve_in_ohio's profile


1014 posts in 206 days

#7 posted 123 days ago

very cool and unique, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

View triviasteve's profile


96 posts in 295 days

#8 posted 123 days ago

use some fishing sinkers. drill out for them and mash them in there. easy and cheap.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

View jeffswildwood's profile


383 posts in 572 days

#9 posted 123 days ago

Very nice! Looks like it was fun to make and not to mention useful.

View Rick's profile


6455 posts in 1628 days

#10 posted 123 days ago

Very Nicely Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

#11 posted 123 days ago

A full size fork lift has countewrweight on the back.
Yours should have one also.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

View TDominy's profile


85 posts in 1137 days

#12 posted 123 days ago

Go to a fishing tackle shop and get a 2 oz. egg sinker. Drill a hole and put it in, that will do it.

Nice project!

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

View hunter71's profile


1953 posts in 1782 days

#13 posted 122 days ago

I built one to deliver drinks at a party, I used a forsner bit and drilled the bottom and added large thick washers to stabilize it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase