ELEVATOR for home or shop, it will give you a REAL LIFT

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-11-2018 08:02 PM 2392 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my major projects this summer among some other major renovations and repairs. I am having a challenge this morning, my camera I think packed it in last night, so I am managing with a cell phone for the time being. Wish I had taken more pictures a few months back.
My wife has had polio and now her good hip has worn out and is in allot of pain, if we had had foresight we would not have built a house with an upstairs and sunken living room. Nice at the time. Had looked into a stair lift but was majorly expensive as the stairs go two directions and we live to far from suppliers. This elevator solves two problems, inexpensive and one does not have to sit down and then stand up. This would be a great addition in a shop where you have a loft.
I started out by reducing a closet and shelf area and building a wall extending into the living


Almost had enough existing cedar to cover it, the new cedar has ages and matches the other walls now

A hole was cut into the ceiling, in this case it was where the bathtub was located, it was in a separate room, which allow this room to be locked when the lift is down, Hard wood slides where positioned for guides.

the guide on one side has a series of notches to act as a safety catch if the lifting cable breaks, A 110 volt 880 lb. winch operates the elevator

The lifting platform is welded steel construction.

If you wish to learn more how this operates you can watch the following video, where I talk about it and demonstrate how it operates, also has more pictures. About 6 minutes.

This may be alittle different and more involved that traditional projects, but I hope you found it interesting. It took allot of thinking ,design and work. Someone here may even have a need for such an elevator.

Thanks for looking, watching etc., coments are much appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-11-2018 08:30 PM

Brian, you certainly think out of the box using an electric winch as the power source; well done!
Top idea on the safety ratchet.
I can see the grandchildren having fun.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 12-11-2018 08:35 PM

That is a great project Brian, well done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 12-11-2018 09:08 PM

Great job. When we built our place we had my dad with us. I started an elevator but dad passed and I never finished it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 12-11-2018 09:30 PM

Your usual==GREAT JOB!

Interesting project and I hope Jo’s hip is better.

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

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#5 posted 12-11-2018 09:38 PM

Cool idea, my only suggestion is to add something over the upper story hole in the floor. Something like you would see in a sidewalk elevator should do it easily enough and would protect an individual from falling.

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#6 posted 12-11-2018 09:48 PM

Ingenious. I don’t live in an environment where one could do something like that, but I have lived in very unregulated areas in the past. Just making do with what you have to concoct a solution can be pretty satisfying.

I am sure your wife appreciates it, and that is the best part…

I have scoliosis of the lumbar spine from birth, not much problem in early life, but as the years go by, the wear and tear from a tilted pelvis and other issues has increasingly become a problem. Not as bad as your wife’s problem, but I appreciate the effects of aging on an infirmity that can slowly become a disability.

We are mostly dug out from the trashing of our house that a 7.0 earthquake with the epicenter 10 miles from our property caused 12 days ago… one of the many benefits of living on the “ring of fire”... (-:

I picked that time to have a cardiac arrhythmia, ended up in the hospital for a few days, and my wife rode out the shaker by herself. Some corollary of Murphy’s law I am sure… something like, ” If one misfortune isn’t enough, others will be added until a real calamity is achieved.”... (-:

Have a good one…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 12-11-2018 09:54 PM

That is really slick Brian. I had a plan for a similar elevator on 4 posts using a Harbor Freight lift also. We sure think alike!!. I like the safety cog rail on the side. I hope you never have to use it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 12-11-2018 10:32 PM

Great Job, love the Deadman switch(Arm) almost foolproof!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 12-11-2018 10:46 PM

now that is too cool ,you made the problem solved for a reasonable price.thats livin large!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 12-11-2018 10:55 PM

Cool idea, my only suggestion is to add something over the upper story hole in the floor. Something like you would see in a sidewalk elevator should do it easily enough and would protect an individual from falling.

-I I thought about that problem for some time and could not think of an idea that my wife would not have to mess with, like a hatch that opened and closed automatically with pulleys and ropes. There is a small room where the tub was and the idea was to just lock the door there from the inside, only trouble is she doesn’t always do that.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 12-11-2018 11:19 PM

Alla been said… Getting old is not all that great.

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#12 posted 12-12-2018 12:07 AM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 12-12-2018 12:11 AM

Very huge , very unusual project, but very well done., Woodworking bring you ,,,, anywhere right ?

-- andrek

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#14 posted 12-12-2018 01:59 AM

Quite a clever creation. Well done. Sorry you had to build it, but well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 12-12-2018 02:00 AM

What a great idea.

I like the safety stop on the way UP … but what happens if a cable fails on the way DOWN?

If you could come up with a way to have something hold the safety pawl UP to allow the lift to go down. However, if the lift suddenly dropped quickly on the way down because of a cable failure, it would allow the safety pawl to engage the ratchet teeth and stop the lift. Just a thought.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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