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Portable, Foldable wheelchair ramp

Here's a design for a light weight portable wheelchair ramp I made for the http://www.tulgeywood.us camp.

Requirements: able to transport it out to the island of Nantucket, put in to place for wheelchair accessability and store when we're not there.

This project might be useful to anyone who has a friend/loved one in a chair that visits occasionally
 
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Step 1: Parts

The door we're accessing opens on to a 5 3/4" drop, 46" long step to another 5" (ish) drop. The second drop opens out on to uneven lawn. I figured I could make two seperate identical ramps and hinge them together then shim up or dig out the second lower ramp once I install the ramp and figure out the uneven parts of the lawn.

Something to think about if you're building one of these. The top ramp section must go flush up to the door step but the lower ramp section must be high enough to clear the end of the step, allowing it to line up with the end of the upper ramp.

So, a sheet of 3/4" ply (smooth on one side) cut in to 3 sections. 2 of 48"32" will make the ramps and the other 48x32 will be used for the sides and ends.

Some 2x1" for securing the end & sides

A load of 1 1/4" deck screws
Wood glue
Varnish
Acrylic deck dust to provide a non slip surface.

Step 2: Cut the end & sides

The oringinal sheet was cut in the shop for me, making it easier to transport. I had the 2x1 spare and proceeded marking and cutting the sides and ends
ande6 years ago
I have a storage that was recently built and it's high. Right now I have to climb up. It's 3 feet high from the ground. I have my lawn mower and would like to get a lawn mower tractor. Can you tell me how I can built one. Thank you. ED
n.d.8 years ago
You ever take it off any sweet jumps?
radiorental (author)  n.d.8 years ago
Napolean Dynamite? thats funny... we just had our first weekend at our new camp... lots of things to build. Got to off-road-ize some wheelchairs, build another ramp and... well lots of cool stuff.

Anyone reading this, we're fundraising for the camp and would appreciate anything. Mail me or check back on http://www.tulgeywood.us as I'll upload a donations page in the next day or too.

Thanks!
ranex8 years ago
kick-ass project, probably works well as a bike ramp too. great to see people using there skills to help others
radiorental (author) 8 years ago
No LEDs with used, thrown, stuck, driven in a matrix, magnetised, spun in a circle, kicked, flung, arranged, attached or otherwise for the making of this ramp. Sorry to dissappoint.
radiorental (author)  radiorental8 years ago
with = were