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Old 06-07-2008, 06:49 PM   #21
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Re: Building a lifting platform

not sure what it was....looked like they got a bunch of scrap wood and put it together. I was just trying to find an alternative so i can build it asap but i guess I wil work on the boxes this weekend and take care of the platform with the next paycheck (tired of lifting on the grass!).
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:52 PM   #22
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Re: Building a lifting platform

Finished the pullup bar yesterday and the lifting platform today...

Made my platform using the instructions in this post and modified to make a 10'x8' platform so that I have room for my rack and about 6' of lifting space.

Thanks for all the pictures they really helped.

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:50 PM   #23
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Re: Building a lifting platform

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not sure what it was....looked like they got a bunch of scrap wood and put it together. I was just trying to find an alternative so i can build it asap but i guess I wil work on the boxes this weekend and take care of the platform with the next paycheck (tired of lifting on the grass!).

Look into the cabinet grade plywood. I found it at my Home Depot for ~30.00. Mine has 11 plys. I used it for my top sheet. I envision me upgrading my bottom sheets at some point, but I really needed to get a level platform and fast. Probably a project for this winter. The 23/32 particle undersheets I used are doing okay, but I am not dumping tons of weight (up to around 205).

Colin, thats a nice looking platform set up!
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:54 AM   #24
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Re: Building a lifting platform

Colin,

From where did you get that rack and how much was it, if you don't mind me asking. It looks both simple and effective, and I'm currently in the market.

Thank you,

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Old 06-10-2008, 04:32 PM   #25
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Re: Building a lifting platform

I got the rack off craigslist for $125. Took me about a week and a half to of looking but I think it was worth it. Seems like very few people are buying these so make a low offer. This one was going for about $175 originally.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 09-27-2008, 08:35 AM   #26
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Re: Building a lifting platform

Bumping this thread to get ideas on how to raise a platform for a garage where I have 3-4" of pitch, due to frost heaves that cracked the concrete floor in one place. Rather than pour a new floor and build a platform, I'm considering building a raised platform using 4x4 posts of varying heights lagged to 2x4 joists, spaced every foot along the length of the platform. (It's also being raised because the garage drains the driveway and front yard and my alternative is to install some serious french drains.)

My question is: how close would you place the posts on the part of the platform where weights are likely to be getting dropped from overhead? I'm sure leveling this thing is going to be a nightmare the more posts I use, so I'm trying to figure out a reasonable way to do this. Any notions out there? (Completely different plans are welcome, too.)
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:35 PM   #27
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Re: Building a lifting platform

I didn't have time to read this whole post but I have two quick question.

1) Are you all running the screws up through the bottom of the plywood so the top piece of plywood is perfectly smooth (i.e. no visible screws)?

2) How are you screwing in the horse stall mats? Same as the piece plywood?
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:52 AM   #28
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Re: Building a lifting platform

Brian:

1. Run the screws from the bottom up. Check your screw depth! Use glue inbetween plywood to help with adhesion and prevent bubbling.

2. We screwed our stall mats in from the top down since the screws and stall mats are both black the screws are hidden. Also the stall mats don't hold screws as well so, top down screw in keeps the edges tight to the plywood.

Thus: put down your top first (nice side down) lay two sheets on it directly in the middle - perpendicular to the seam. You'll need to use your stall mat pieces to help keep them level. Glue them and screw them.

Then, then lay your bottom two sheets - again across the seam like the great illustration above - glue and screw.

Flip the whole contraption over and tack down your mats. Its heavy!

You can use 1/2 or 5/8 ply for your base pieces to save money. I'd stick with 3/4 ply for the top.

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