Desktop Forklift

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Project by djc4990 posted 159 days ago 1435 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.

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#1 posted 159 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

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#2 posted 159 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

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#4 posted 159 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

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#5 posted 159 days ago

Nice toy!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 159 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....

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#7 posted 159 days ago

very cool and unique, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#8 posted 159 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.

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#9 posted 159 days ago

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

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#10 posted 159 days ago

Very Nicely Done! Thanks For Posting.

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

#11 posted 159 days ago

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


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#12 posted 158 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.

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#13 posted 158 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.

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