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Project by MasterSergeant posted 07-07-2015 12:48 PM 2051 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The way my garage is configured I have a door above the driveway used to move wood up into my shop. That is what it use to be for, now this door has an added task. I need to move large finished woodworking projects out this same door. I needed a means to lower projects safely and above all gently to the ground 27 feet below. I thought up all sorts of elaborate lifting and lowering devised requiring both money and material to build. Then one day I recalled a day on the farm while bailing hay. I was in the mow and we used a simple hoisting device hooked above the mow door. Here is my rendition of that hoist

1. I used two straight 2×4’s glued together clamped and exterior grade screwed together.
2. I need a 1”dowel as a support brace cut at a 45 degree angle. I indexed the cuts against the radial arm saws fence.
4. I cut and attached stop blocks on the hoist and support shop wall. Supports cut and shaped to accept the dowels 45 degree slant.
5. Wire rope used to attach the hoist to wall
6. I drilled a hole to accept the 1” dowel at a 45 degree slant, the slant is needed to keep the wire rope on the dowel and not slide off.
7. next to last picture hoist assembled in door
8. secured bolt with clevis attached.
9. demonstrating rope and pulley configuration.
10. shows my homemade hoist in action. I did have a little problem with the rope getting stuck but that was easily fixed and the hoist worked as well as expected.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 12:57 PM

An innovative solution. How much weight will it lift?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 02:47 PM

TA DAAA! Looks like it does what it’s supposed to !

Now maybe if you could find an old large triple-pulley block and tackle, you can handle greater weights with little effort.

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#3 posted 07-07-2015 02:57 PM

I do know what hay slings are.

Sometimes old is new again! Wish that could happen to me; oh, some parts of it have! Metal parts keeping this old dog moving.

Neat idea and what works should be used!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 07-07-2015 04:25 PM

So far I have hoisted about 125 lbs without a hitch!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 11:04 PM

Nice! Great idea. Glad to see the bench extraction went well. Beautiful bench too. Great job on all.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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