Shop Ceiling Panel Holder

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Project by David Taylor posted 10-12-2015 02:52 PM 1888 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
Shop Ceiling Panel Holder
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I have been building my shop for nearly a year and a half now. I was working in the basement, but I have six foot ceilings down there, and I am 6’ 3” – you do the math, and imagine the back pain bending over while trying to make stuff. Consequently, since my only project for the last 17 months has been the shop itself and I just joined LJ a few months ago, I haven’t had a project to post. Now…

Desperate to work wood, and finally getting to the inside of the shop, I finally made a project, out of wood, in my new shop! I call it the ceiling panel gizmo. It’s really just a temporary thing to help me put the ceiling panels in place, but I built it, it’s out of wood, I am using it, and it works – so it’s a project! And, when I get the ceiling done, I can take this apart (it’s just screwed together) and use the wood for other shop projects (tool cabinet frames, lumber rack, we’ll see) so it’s even economical :)

It is of 2×3 construction, basically two large letter I’s with two stretchers holding them apart. It is just about one inch shorter than the shop ceiling. One of the I’s (the near one in the picture) has a hinge about 15” up from the bottom, so I can make it sort of kneel down on that end (almost looks like a horse getting ready to lay down!) and slide a ceiling panel on the top of it. I then lift that end back up, lock the hinge in place with a hook and eye and the panel is held just below the ceiling joists, ready to be screwed to them. There’s quite a bit of corner bracing, making the gizmo is really stiff. Makes it easy to slide it around and get it in position.

And bonus! The lower stretcher is just about 18” off the floor – perfect seat height!

Oh, and check out the work bench top on the right in the picture – one 2 1/2” slab of Kentucky Coffee, waiting to be turned into a single slab work bench!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 03:07 PM

Could not figure out how it would kneel without tweaking the frame until I looked at the measurements,
the hinge is 3” below the lower stretcher, so the foot folds under the entire panel holder, great idea.
That 2-1/2” slab will make a wonderful work bench, will be patiently waiting for pictures of the completed

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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