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I like to hang shelves--a lot of them. If you hang them from the ceiling, they need to be firmly attached. The blocks that the shelves are attached to have 16d spikes driven through and a 16d has a shear strength of 1.5 tons The shelves themselves are cleated to the rear wall covering nailed into the studs. The front rail is two layers of 3/4 plywood laminated with staggered joints. the plywood has a rabbeted lip so the shelf fits flush at the front and you have a handy place to screw the shelf to the support rail. because of that , they assemble super fast  You can see that there are no under supports on the floor and that makes it easy to keep clean I keep them about 24 inches off the floor for the super heavy stuff. For a four shelf unit 16 inches wide, it takesexactly1,5 sheets of plywood including the shelf supports. The units you see are 64 feet long and they were gang cut with a worm drive saw while in a plywood pile [cutting four shelves with one stroke] . I did it in about eight hours total start to final assembly.

 

 Make sure that you use deck screws and not drywall screws for assembly of the front support rails to the vertical front stile [vertical] supports The drywall screws will not hold the weight that you are likely to place on these shelves.I picked the Roughneck by Rubbermaid for my storage tub. They have a lifetime warranty and fit  three nice and tight between the supports

 

 I knew this single stage [nearly new condition] was hiding in this section of the barn, but because of bad housekeeping it was not accessible. I am re-organizing the barn now and cannot believe how much better it all works once the shelves are neatened up...

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Could you give us some longer distance shots of the wall or whole assembly?

It will help visual the total concept a little better.

I generally like your ideas and method of execution.

What's the height to "the square" of the garage/shed/pole barn???

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Here's my Harbor freight high lift motorcycle stand with a few mods. I could not lift tractor high enough to put on my table so  I added 6" . It removes with 2 bolts and slides right out, steel plate on top also comes off with 4 bolts, Shown lifting my 1054 off my table. I have also cut open the bottom of the table and installed some 4"pvc pipe to hold misc. steel stock, also cut a rectangle  for other steel.  More to come as I am reorganizing my garage again after seeing some of the great ideas here.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Shynon said:

Here's my Harbor freight high lift motorcycle stand with a few mods. I could not lift tractor high enough to put on my table so  I added 6" . It removes with 2 bolts and slides right out, steel plate on top also comes off with 4 bolts, Shown lifting my 1054 off my table. I have also cut open the bottom of the table and installed some 4"pvc pipe to hold misc. steel stock, also cut a rectangle  for other steel.  More to come as I am reorganizing my garage again after seeing some of the great ideas here.

 

 

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This got my attention!  Never thought about using that to lift a GT!  Initially I think I would have extended the post instead but never-the-less I'm intrigued.  Seems to have issues with mid mount attachments but I wonder if that could be addressed...  Maybe used to only lift but then some special TALL jack stands

Hey!  Thanks for sharing! 

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1 hour ago, DennisThornton said:

have issues with mid mount attachments

I think the balance point on most :wh: would be behind the mid mount.

3 hours ago, Shynon said:

installed some 4"pvc pipe to hold misc. steel stock, also cut a rectangle  for other steel.

Very good idea, I have a similar roll around; your royalty check will be in the mail.  :ychain: 

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5 minutes ago, 953 nut said:

I think the balance point on most :wh: would be behind the mid mount.

Very good idea, I have a similar roll around; your royalty check will be in the mail.  :ychain: 

OK.  I know you're good for it but I'd rather trade for further ideas. 

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I have that Harbor freight high position  jack as well, and once considered how cool it would be to copy the geometry on the thing and make a big version of it using this larger 8 ton jack they sell as an upgrade to their engine crane.  http://www.harborfreight.com/8-ton-long-ram-air-hydraulic-jack-94562.html 

 Once i rebuilt the Southworth 42" lift height lift table, that idea died pretty quickly

 

  I have read reviews of people lifting loads close to the 1500 pound "capacity" of that lift, but I am not comfortable attempting it. Of course, an unbalanced load lifted up high and applying twist from horsing with a big wrench could lead to some Red Green style disasters.

 

I do like your mods, Dennis. Using that add on or others you could make an engine stand of adjustable height, welding table, or any number of things

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19 hours ago, ohiofarmer said:

I have that Harbor freight high position  jack

After seeing yours I and seen the possibilities, I had to have one. I think this will work nicely in my shop

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Well after throwing my back out picking up a sickle mower, used a 25% off coupon and picked up this nice little lift table. Now just need to remember to use it.

 

 

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What is the rated lifting capacity of the HF lift?

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1 hour ago, ztnoo said:

What is the rated lifting capacity of the HF lift?

It is 500lbs. they also have one that is 1000lbs capacity

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How do you get it under the sicke?  

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This is another thread that never should really die...way too much good information here IMHO!

 

For those of you that live in a northern (think— freezing cold) climate, you know how important a heated shop is if you want to work on your Horses during about 4 to 5 dark months!  I got sick and tired of not having a space like that and a couple of days went and spent the money to buy the rest of the insulation I needed to get my shop closed in.

 

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Eventually the area behind the 418 will also be insulated and heated but for now t is just my 14x30 shop space that gets heat.  I eventually want to put in a home furnace but for now it is a radiant heater to keep it above freezing and a torpedo LP heater for on demand heat!  

 

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I’m still cleaning up and organizing after moving nearly everything to insulate but it is SUPER NICE to have a heated space in which to work. Caleb says to me, “Dad you’ve wanted this for several years!” I said, “Caleb, I’ve wanted this since the spring of 2006!”

 

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Now the 418 is ready to be cleaned up and the remainder of the fluids changed...in a heated space:woohoo:

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