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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2017, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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I needed to make a ramp for mom's house so it would be easier to transition a step up from the sunken den into the main part of the house.

As it turned out, it was an afternoon project. I used a couple of 2x6 cutoffs I already had and a piece of 1/2 inch plywood. It is sturdy and assembled with glue and screws and a few 16 ga nails.

If I measured correctly, it should fit. I will find out in the morning when I take it to her house.

Negotiating the step up/down with a wheel chair should be a lot easier now.
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Well done, your mom will thank you.
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She will like that. It does look sturdy. Will you be able to fasten it down where it will not slide?
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Another,professional job & nice gentle slope also.
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Well thought out. Looks strong, too.
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Looks good. I had to make a couple for my wife's mother. One is a small one like yours to be able to get her wheel chair down a short step. The other is 12 feet long that we use to push her wheel chair into our house which has a couple of steps and a 24 inch rise. I used 3/4" plywood and ripped a 2 X 4 with a matching angle at the bottom edge so that it 'dies' into the floor and there is no hump. I didn't have Sketch-Up at the time. I bought a book but have not taken the time to learn enough to be proficient.
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Looks great, Mike! Are you going to paint it? If you do then you can sprinkle a little sand on top while the paint is still wet and have a non-slip surface.

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Yay! It fits.

It is a temporary solution. My sister says it can be moved out of the way when it isn't needed so no permanent installation. I have walked on it several times and it appears to be sturdy enough.

I cut the angles using the band saw. They turned out nice. I didn't know I had it in me!

I didn't paint it because there was an immediate need for it so I worked on it yesterday afternoon/night. Didn't stop until it was sitting in the back of my truck ready for delivery this morning.

Twenty one dollars later, it is in place. I'm happy...brother and sis are happy too. We will be able to move mom around a lot better now.
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I wonder if there's some sort of trim to attach that would smooth out the edge? It probably doesn't need it, but you could simply drill two holes through the ledge and into the ramp, drop a short length of steel rod, and it would keep it from slipping and not be obvious.
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Thanks for the suggestion, Tom. Since the wheels on the chair are big, I don't think it will be a problem. I will test it later this morning.

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