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Offline TrackTubesGuy

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Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« on: February 27, 2019, 11:52 AM »
Most my projects use sheet goods, which have seemed to get heavier as I get older.  In an attempt to "work smarter - not harder," I came up with a simple swing to easily load sheets onto my MFT cutting table system.  I use my Gorilla Gripper to place the sheets on the swing and then easily rotate them onto the table.  I attached this to my 3 ft. step ladder, which happened to be the perfect height, but could easily be adapted to an MFT table, cart, or other bench.  I know there are other solutions out there, but this took about an hours and less than 10 bucks in material (knobs, t-track) and makes my wife very happy ... no more needing her to help.  I added some photos and a link to a video I put on Instagram.  As Sedge would say .. "I hope this helps!"

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Offline Gwerner

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Re: Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2019, 04:58 AM »
Genius! Could you possibly share a close up picture of the hinge mechanism at the top of the ladder please?

Offline Farming_Sawyer

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Re: Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 12:31 PM »
For $89 I'm really happy with my bora portamate. I can move sheets around and tip them onto my cut station. No more sore knees or back. Great purchase if you cut a lot of sheet goods.
CT 26E, RO125, sys-mft, sys-toolbox, a bunch of 30 year old tools I'm looking to replace.

Offline TrackTubesGuy

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Re: Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 10:16 AM »
Genius! Could you possibly share a close up picture of the hinge mechanism at the top of the ladder please?

Just replaced the bolt that holds the rear legs/top together with a longer bolt.  I like this ladder because of the aluminum top ... seems sturdier than the plastic ones.  I think most (if not all) Werner ladders use a bolt, but could easily drill a hole too.


Offline RKA

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Re: Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2019, 10:59 AM »
Be careful drilling holes in that plate.  For a 3 ft ladder, it's probably not a huge deal, but it is a structural lelement of the ladder.  As was noted, the ones with a metal plate are more rigid and stable.  That metal plate is found on the ladders that carry the higher weight ratings (300 or 350 lbs). 
-Raj

Offline thedevme

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Re: Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2019, 11:56 AM »
For $89 I'm really happy with my bora portamate. I can move sheets around and tip them onto my cut station. No more sore knees or back. Great purchase if you cut a lot of sheet goods.

Exactly what I use as well.

Offline festoolgolfer

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Re: Plywood Swing .. No Wife Required (anymore)!
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2019, 12:10 PM »
Genius! Could you possibly share a close up picture of the hinge mechanism at the top of the ladder please?

Just replaced the bolt that holds the rear legs/top together with a longer bolt.  I like this ladder because of the aluminum top ... seems sturdier than the plastic ones.  I think most (if not all) Werner ladders use a bolt, but could easily drill a hole too.

Hey tracks, what model Werner ladder and where did you get it please, I'm going to copy with your permission, thanks.