Car or Lawnmower 2 Section Ramps

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In order to clean under my lawnmower I wanted to be able to lift it up, but standard ramps were costly, AND the ramp portion of the unit ended up being in the way of the work I wanted to do. This design goes together easily and creates a two part ramp that allows for repair work easily.

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Step 1:

Materials

2 ea: 2 x 8 x 12ft

1 ea: 2 x 4 x 6 (You will only need about 24 inches. I used a scrap piece I had left over.)

45+ 2 Inch coated construction screws.

Construction Glue (I used Loctite Power Grab)

Cut the 2x8x12s into the following lengths .

30" (2 ea)
15" (2 ea)
24" (2 ea)
18" (2 ea)
12" (10 ea)

Cut the 2x4 into the following

1½ x 1½ x 8 inches (6 ea)

Cut a 45 degree angle on one end of the following pieces:

4 of the 12 inch
2 of the 30 inch
2 of the 24 inch
2 of the 18 inch

Step 2: The Stack and Hook

Start by taking the 2 15 inch pieces and attach one of the 1½ x 1½ x 8" to the top of each with 2 of the construction screws and plenty of glue (be sure to set the small piece with the rounded edges facing up. This will be important later when the two halves are set together.

Set one of the 12" pieces on top of the 15" and use another 1½ x 1½ x 8" to measure a space. Allow for some slight movement, as you want this piece to slide out easy. Secure with construction screws and glue. (because these pieces will stack, I ran the screws opposite - 2 vertical on one level, and then 2 horizontal on the next to keep them from accidentally running into each other.)

Attach 2 of the 12" pieces, one on top of the other using screws and glue.

Attach one of the ANGLED 12" pieces to the top, setting the angle toward the hook.

Finally, attach one of the 1½ x 1½ x 8" on the very top, at the back. This is a bumper to keep you from accidentally rolling off the back of the top level.

Step 3: The Ramp and Hook

Attach one of the small 1½ x 1½ x 8" to the bottom of the 18". Be sure to align the angle correctly.

Attach the 24" angled piece to the bottom of the 18" piece again using another 1½" wide piece to create the space.

Attach the 30" piece to the bottom of the 24" aligning the straight edges together.

Turn this piece over and attach the angled 12" piece to the top, aligning it with the straight edge of the 18" piece below it.

Step 4: The Finished Piece

Here you can see the finished pieces hooked together. No screws or tools needed, just drop the ramp section over the hook of the stack.

To show how this works in real life, you can see my lawn mower on top of the ramp, and then I just slid the forward "Ramp Stack" away. This is why you need a bit of play in the small "hooks," to allow it to be removed easily. When I need to, the Ramp Stack will slide back in also with no hassles.

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9 Discussions

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Ricardo Furioso

25 days ago

Brilliant. Excellent. Thank you for sharing.

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ClareBS

26 days ago

A few years ago I spent a lot of time trying to find plans for a ride-on ramp. Eventually I gave up and bought a pair but might make yours anyway, it seems better. Great instructable.

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tjovais

26 days ago

Cool design. I would love to see that male interlocking 1.5" x 1.5" to be pegged. That way you could pop it out and - if there were a couple of holes drilled - put it into the topside of the ramp when the mower is up to prevent it from rolling off both sides! Might have to make that top section a tad longer but having a 6 and 7 yr old around the garage constantly makes me think safety safety safety.... ; )

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Marvinatortjovais

Reply 26 days ago

An interesting idea. What I do is take the ramp section and use it to chock the lower wheels.

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BrianM606Marvinator

Reply 26 days ago

I got started on making a set similar to this when I needed to fix an exhaust pipe hole under my car. I was about to order a set of ramps from Amazon but one of the reviewers mentioned you can build your own, so I started the project. Unfortunately my car completely died before I completed the project. Good thing, because I was not doing the two section build you have and so they would have been excessively heavy and could have gotten in the way, just as you pointed out.

By the way, it's chock, not chalk.
https://kathleenwcurry.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/easily-confused-words-chock-vs-chalk/

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MarvinatorBrianM606

Reply 26 days ago

Tell my phone! It changed it from Chock to Chalk when I wasn't looking. LOL

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BrianM606Marvinator

Reply 26 days ago

LOL right back. Just 30 seconds ago my phone changed Brannon to Brandon in a text I just sent.

Maybe add a block you can slid in the now open space so the mower does not slip off the ramp when the bottom part is removed. sometimes when doing repairs you may hit it hard enough to make it move even with blocking the back wheels.

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seamster

27 days ago

Very clever, but simple design. I like it! : )