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Project by mrtrim posted 12-13-2007 02:28 AM 9525 views 7 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a project i finished today . its storage for panels for hurricane protection . everybody has them and nobody has a place to keep them . so heres a solution to one guys problem . i dont go around braggin on the many engineering degrees i hold . i guess thats because , well i dont have any ! lol about halfway thru this project i found that to be a serious handicap ! but alls well that ends well . it works !! these folks are on vacation in british columbia till the end of the month . hope its still up there when they get back. if it isint theyll have the only low rider lexus in town !! lol

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 02:32 AM

by the way couldnt come up with a dollar to set next to it could have put the check up there sorry !!

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#2 posted 12-13-2007 02:34 AM

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#3 posted 12-13-2007 04:10 AM

Very clever application for unused space. Looks like you did a great job. Question: Does the lift/drop device have a brake on it to control the decent? PS. Is it really DUCK season?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 12-13-2007 05:27 AM

I think that looks like a good design…as long as you lagged everything into the joists, and the pulleys/rope are load rated to handle the weight I think you came up with a great solution for storing a not often used item and utilized some wasted space above the cars. Thats one long sentance!


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#5 posted 12-13-2007 06:04 AM

I like it! I’ve thought of doing something similar to store wood up out of the way. I’ve seen some systems on the market that completely raise and lower but they wouldn’t hold much weight. The ones I’ve seen are only meant to hold stuff like Christmas decorations or seasonal clothing.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#6 posted 12-13-2007 09:05 AM

Now you just need to come and build one for my garage.


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#7 posted 12-13-2007 10:28 AM

Great idea would work to store clamps or wood!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 12-13-2007 12:31 PM

Looks like a great solution MrTrim. I’d personally like to see some chain into some hefty eyebolts just for the peace of mind while walking under that baby.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 12-13-2007 12:48 PM

Make sure you get paid for the custom work to the lexus ;-)

Seriously, I’d make sure that winch is rated for continous load.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#10 posted 12-13-2007 01:24 PM


An ingenious solution. I should try something like that in my garage.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 12-13-2007 02:18 PM

Excellent use of ‘dead’ space. (No ducks were harmed in the making of this comment!)

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#12 posted 12-13-2007 02:50 PM

I see another one, right next to this one, using the same lift, and enabling you to store more stuff!

I would suggest taking a piece of heavy chain, bolted to the rafter, and hooked to the bottom of this unit to relieve the tension on the winch. Then the winch cable could effectively be disconnected and used to hoist another storage rack! Or a canoe, or boat, or camping gear. These people built a garage with one high ceiling didn’t they? Makes for a lot of storage space huh?

A safety chain should be in your immediate plans though.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#13 posted 12-13-2007 03:28 PM

Sweet. Wow, textured ceilings and recessed lighting in the garage. Some people have it all.

What the heck, just shoot the duck. Yum.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 12-13-2007 03:54 PM

Great storage idea!

As a side note, I’ve always felt like boarding up for hurricanes was more trouble than it was worth. I was pretty much vindicated when my house sustained $130,000 worth of damage in Katrina, but my unprotected windows were unscathed except for one small pane that caught the edge of my patio cover as it flew south.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 12-13-2007 05:41 PM

Very nice solution!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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