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Old 02-19-2010, 07:00 PM   #41
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Re: Experiences building a lifting platform

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In the second one that you posted, your design. On the far side it measures only 93", on the close side 96". Is this correct or is this just a typo? If that is correct how does that line up? Thanks. Love the layout looks great, just wanted to double check before I dig into this.
I think the 93" doesn't take in account the 2x4's on the outer edge. At least that's what it looks like with the arrows he uses. He also doesn't account for the 2x4's in other places.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:45 PM   #42
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Re: Experiences building a lifting platform

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In the second one that you posted, your design. On the far side it measures only 93", on the close side 96". Is this correct or is this just a typo? If that is correct how does that line up? Thanks. Love the layout looks great, just wanted to double check before I dig into this.
The 93" measurement is for the length of the 2x4s on the sides. The platforms total dimensions are 96"x96"

Here are the measurement's without as much going on.
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Re: Experiences building a lifting platform

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The 93" measurement is for the length of the 2x4s on the sides. The platforms total dimensions are 96"x96"

Here are the measurement's without as much going on.
Thanks, I figured that it was something like that but stared at it for 5 min and still couldn't figure out where the 3" was coming from. Thanks
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Re: Experiences building a lifting platform

I have a question about building a platform, and reviving this old thread seams like a good place to start.

Everyone seems to favor 4 4x8 plywood boards laid opposite of each other and then a 5th board on top. However, I went to Lowes today, and plywood costs $45 a sheet. On top of that, I can't fit it into my car. I noticed that an 8 ft long 2X6 board costs about $7. Can anyone think of a good reason not to lay down 16 2x6s and then use 1 piece of plywood and stall mats on top? The advantages I see are that it's easier to customize the length (I would like an 8x10 platform because I want to put my power rack on it), I can fit the wood in my car, and most importantly, it will cost half as much. I guess it will take longer to screw everything in, but it will end up being the exact same thickness. Am I missing something?
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I have a question about building a platform, and reviving this old thread seams like a good place to start.

Everyone seems to favor 4 4x8 plywood boards laid opposite of each other and then a 5th board on top. However, I went to Lowes today, and plywood costs $45 a sheet. On top of that, I can't fit it into my car. I noticed that an 8 ft long 2X6 board costs about $7. Can anyone think of a good reason not to lay down 16 2x6s and then use 1 piece of plywood and stall mats on top? The advantages I see are that it's easier to customize the length (I would like an 8x10 platform because I want to put my power rack on it), I can fit the wood in my car, and most importantly, it will cost half as much. I guess it will take longer to screw everything in, but it will end up being the exact same thickness. Am I missing something?
Thayer, the 4 pieces of plywood that serve as the base of the platform do NOT have to be a hardwood plywood (thos cost $40+). Only the 1 piece that is used for lifting on. The 4 base pieces can be anything really. I used 3/4" MDF which is a cheap composite of wood and glue. If you can make what you want out of 2x6 boards, then go for it. Also, most Home Depot's will let you rent their truck for $19 for the first 75 minutes. That might be an option for transport.
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