Roll away "over the stairs" ramp

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Project by KTNC posted 03-31-2018 12:15 AM 2074 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Roll away “over the stairs” ramp

I made this ramp for my church. It’s used for short periods to move chairs using a dolly. It has wheels so that it can easily be moved into position and put away when finished. A rope is used to raise and lower it. It stores in the upright position. It’s 48 inches long and 36 inches wide.

I made a bevel rip along the edge that meets with floor – that’s a 20 degree angle. I used my radial arm saw.

To capture the shape of the stairs, I put the ramp in place and used sheets of stiff paper as shown in the picture.

That knife edge where the ramp meets the floor is covered by a 1/8” thick steel plate.

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#1 posted 03-31-2018 01:33 AM

Pretty slick idea.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-31-2018 01:48 AM

I like the use of the paper to capture the pattern. Very nice project!

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#3 posted 03-31-2018 03:26 AM

Great idea. I do remember moving and replacing fold up chairs all the time at church. So glad we have pews now, but it seems we always need the chairs as well.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 03-31-2018 11:29 AM

This is a very creative solution and nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-31-2018 12:16 PM


Well played, sir.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#6 posted 03-31-2018 04:10 PM

What a great idea and excellently executed.

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#7 posted 04-01-2018 04:41 AM

Very ingenious indeed!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 04-01-2018 07:57 AM

A very slick answer for a ramp for those stairs, custom fit. Nice work. I imagine anyone moving chairs has smiled when they traversed your ramp.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 04-02-2018 04:52 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. Happy Easter!

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