|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 706 days ago||943 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
706 days ago
I don’t know how to do drawings here, so bear with my written description of what I want to do.
Imagine a square steel shaft on an old tractor. The shaft measures 1.25” square and is 2.5” long. It pivots under hydraulic power. It was used to lift various pieces of farm equipment (e.g. a cultivator).
I want to use that shaft for some relatively light weight lifting. I want to attach an arm to this shaft that is about 12” long and I want to be able to lift about 400 pounds from the end of this arm. I don’t want to work with steel unless I have to. I’d have to hire someone to make it for me.
I envision using 8/4 hardwood. I envision using 2 pieces of wood with a cutout for the shaft. I would bolt the 2 pieces together around the shaft.
Does anyone have an opinion regarding is this doable and/or what wood would be strongest for such an application?
Also, would it be better to cut a diamond or square shape into each piece of wood?
My initial thought is to use maple and cut a square shape, but I don’t really know why I think that.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.