Stairs Vs Ramp for woodshop entry

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06-27-2010 08:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question steps building workshop ramp entry entry way

Yet another question to you all. Let’s talk entry into the shop.

My building sits about a foot and a half, maybe 2 feet off the ground at the entry. At the current moment I have a few cinder block steps there, but I am getting ready to build my permanent entry way. Here is a view of the entry:

entry way

The shop is completely dedicated to my woodworking, so bringing anything up into it, such as a mower or bikes, is not necessary. However, if i need to fix the riding mower I will likely run it into the shop, as it will be climate controlled, but I do have ramps to get it into the shop if needed.

So keeping in mind it’s singular usage, would you prefer wood steps or a ramp and why? I would just like to get several ideas and reasons why before i make my jump. I already feel like I know which route I will travel with this, but I would really like opinions and ideas from those of you with experience before I make this plunge. I am a believer in reasearch before making any big move.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 09:01 PM

Since I am 65 my knees appreciate ramps rather than step at any time, any location, for any purpose. ;-)

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 09:17 PM

Ramp, Stairs are rough on round wheels and balance.

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 09:17 PM

A ramp might be easier for those larger items that go into a shop. Sheet Goods etc… You don’t have to worry about were you are placing your feet.

Just a thought..

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 09:45 PM

Ramp Definatly…................Schloemoe

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 09:57 PM

I agree with a ramp easier to get equipment in and easier to build.

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 10:02 PM

the only drawback to ramps that I can think of is that a lot of them i see are in disrepair. this could also be due to poor maintenance or poor design.

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 10:07 PM

Make a ramp, unless you have an incredibly sturdy back and dolly.

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 11:30 PM

I just read your BIO and I think you know the answer already. Fire Captain, Grandkids, Safety, Ramp,Ramp,Ramp
However I would build a good ramp with a graduale incline and non-skid. I would make sure I had a rubber tire dolly and also a 4 wheel type dolly or flatbed wagon.

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 11:37 PM

I vote for ramp.

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#10 posted 06-28-2010 02:30 AM

Stairs or ramp I would make a landing in front of those doors. I would not want to stand at the top of a ramp or on the top step and try to open the door without knocking myself down. A nice landing with a ramp coming up to the side along the wall from the high side of that grade would be nice. It would be almost flat.

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#11 posted 06-28-2010 02:40 AM

Ramp for sure.

Like was said before, a nice large landing, then it looks like you have a nice grade from the left to approach the door and landing. You could have stairs in the front also.

Just a thought…...................

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#12 posted 06-28-2010 04:12 AM

Looks like the ramp is the big winner. I was expecting some disagreement, and arguments for both sides, but that didn’t happen!

Deputydawg, nonskid runners are a must! I agree. When it rains wood becomes wayyyy too slick.

In either case I was planning a landing, so yeah, that is gonna happen for sure. I was figuring maybe a 3 foot landing, enough to toss a couple chairs out there and have a beer and fraternize with my neighbor from time to time… maybe to pull the mower up on it and drag the deck out from under the mower to sharpen the blades in the shop…

Jack, I like your way of thinking. I might do a front leading ramp with stairs leading up to the side of the landing.

To be honest, I prefer small stairs, and that was really my initial thoughts on the matter. But I was thinking how much of a pain it would be to build such a huge set of steps, 6 feet across and all. But you guys have been doing this a lot longer then I. I will take your advice, with the modification that Jack mentioned… the stairs on the side.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#13 posted 06-28-2010 04:28 AM

If this was my place I would plan a landing out front. 4ft out from building x width of doors. I would leave a loading dock to back your pickup to from front, then a ramp down one side and stairs down the other side.This will give you all 3 options !

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#14 posted 06-28-2010 03:00 PM

Most ramps are built too steep, and then are easy to slip and fall on.
Preferred (handicap regulations here) ratio is 1:12.

I would vote for ramp also.

My shop is 12 feet off ground level, so I have stairs and an elevator (for material). See photo on Workshop.

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#15 posted 06-28-2010 03:24 PM

I have been researching a roll on bedliner for my boat trailer. One of the websites suggested using it on the ramp doors of enclosed trailers. Because it does not become slick when wet. That would be a good looking weatherproof alternative to non-skid pads. Just my 2 cents

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