Introduction: Exercise Wheelchair Boost Ramp

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In 2001 I broke my back in a motorcycle accident at the age of 19, leaving me paralyzed from the chest down. When a person becomes paralyzed it is important to keep your muscles in your arms well toned. The wheels of my wheelchair are my legs; therefore, I wanted to do exercises on my Iron Gym to keep the strength in my arms, but I couldn't reach it. Unfortunately, at the time of my accident I did not have insurance so, I am unable to afford the expensive exercise equipment, that I would like. Therefore, I came up with this idea of the boost ramp, so I can exercise at home on my Iron Gym; it works really well and I don't know what I would do without it.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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2  1" X 6" board pieces, cut to 30 3/4" lengths
2  1" X 6" board pieces, cut to 21 1/2" lengths
6  1" X 4" board pieces, cut to 25 1/2" lengths
2  2" X 4" board pieses, cut to 5 1/4" lengths
28-32  1 1/2" screws
8  2 1/2" screws
1 pair of 3' wide hinges with screws
white wood glue
1 screw driver.

Step 2: First Step Instructions

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1)  Lay top of base boards (1X6 30 3/4" boards) on flat working surface 15" appart.  Brace them down.
2) Using a 1" X 4" board 25 1/2" long, stand on it's side, on top of the base boards flush with the edge, you may glue these together.  Be sure all your edges are even.
3) Using another 1" X 4" 25 1/2" long board standing on its edge, Place it  evenly length wise, along outside edge up against your last step. Glue the outside edge board to you base board.  Use 2 1 1/2" screws, screw the back and side together.
4) Repeat step 3. for the other 3 length wise boards on the bottom.

Step 3: Second Step

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5)  Using 1" X 4" 25 1/2" long board, also on it's side, up against your bottom boards at the front. 
6)  Screw your front board to all 4 length wise boards.  8 screws all together.
7)  Carefully turn Ramp over
8)  Put 3 screws along each side to secure the top, to the bottom. You can put 4 screws along each side if you wish.
9)  Screw 2" X 4" 5 1/2" to the back end of the base (standing on edge flush with the base), on each side using 4 2 1/2" screws per board, there should.  The base of the ramp should be higher than the 2X4's. 

Step 4: Last Step

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10)  On one end of the remaining boards (ramp pieces) cut or shave off the under part so that, when turned over and sitting flush on floor, the wheelchair can roll up onto it, without a bump.
Hold flat end of board to the base and attach hinges (hinges are attached on the top of base to the ramps, above the 2X4's with the sides flush. 

Ramp is ready to use.

Step 5: Boost Ramp

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Close-up of ramp

Step 6: Ramp and Iron Gym Together

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Step 7: Wheelchair on Boost Ramp

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ademouy (author)2013-12-22

That's awesome! I just shared this with my buddy who is also in a chair. We're going to build one go him

muzak16 (author)2010-05-27

Great idea !

muzak16 (author)2010-05-27

Darlowe (author)2010-05-26

sweet deal

licoricelegs (author)2010-05-26

good ideas!

tomgirlbc (author)2010-05-26

I VOTED, but i can only vote once, what is the deal i thought it was vote daily, if there is something wrong with the voting can someone fix it please.. thanks. i like this it should win something

iggabod (author)2010-05-25

What a good idea!

joycep61 (author)2010-05-25

Good Luck.

GailD (author)2010-05-24

Great idea!!! Friend of Tomgirl :)

punkfoomasta (author)2010-05-22

so excited to vote for you because I LOVE this. My friend with spina-bifida (sp?) was looking for something just like this

tomgirlbc (author)2010-05-11

LET ME know when the voting begins

spankieway (author)tomgirlbc2010-05-14

May 24th

natoma (author)2010-05-08

What a fabulous idea, everything is very well laid out and would be easy to do, thanks for all your hard work!

eyesonlyfordave (author)2010-05-08

Love the idea~

SweetPanda (author)2010-05-08

I just love this idea!

tomgirlbc (author)2010-05-04

This one has come along way good for the young guy..

tomgirlbc (author)2010-05-03

When can we start voting on the contest entry..and is there alot of support here.

tomgirlbc (author)2010-05-02

very good,

SweetPanda (author)2010-04-30

Love the idea!  Very detail and clear instructions!  It seems that everyone can build one!  Hope that you win!

BMead (author)SweetPanda2010-04-30

Thank you, I tried to make the instructions as easy as possible, it really light and easy to move, and store away.  Thanks again.

tomgirlbc (author)2010-04-30

Very good for such a nice young to do,, right one.

BMead (author)tomgirlbc2010-04-30

Thank you

joycep61 (author)2010-04-27

Thanks for responding to my comment. I think that the extra piece of plywood would be helpful at the top to prevent slipping. I hope you win. This is awesome.

BMead (author)2010-04-26

Thank you joycep61 It is quite easy to build, this boost ramp might be better, especially for the elderly to have a piece of plywood on the top and ramp so their is no chance of them slipping off the track.  It was built this way so it was light and easy for me to move and store.  The distance between my front wheels is 19", and my rear wheels are 24" appart, so I have to make sure I am lined up good.

joycep61 (author)2010-04-25

Awesome instructions. My 87 year old mom lives with me. It would be great for my husband to build.

natoma (author)2010-04-25

What a great idea with easy to use instructions!!!

spankieway (author)2010-04-25

I read your instructable and love it, I believe that i can build one, it looks and sounds really easy.  Thank you for that, I hope it will help others in the same position as you are.

BMead (author)2010-04-25

yes we are working on that right now. thanks, for the ideas, we had written out everything and it woudln't copy and paste which we wanted it too as it was in the wrong format, thanks for the idea.

kelseymh (author)2010-04-24

The PDFs are nice (and it's cool to see your own design work in process).  However, they are not accessible at all, which means that low vision or blind users have no idea what you're talking about :-(  Would it be too much trouble to type in the text from the PDFs into the corresponding steps?  The other steps (5-7) could also use some narrative text to introduce and describe what's being presented.

This is an awesome project, and deserves to be visible to everyone!

gmjhowe (author)kelseymh2010-04-25

 I more than agree with Kelseymh!

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