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    Home brew work platform for forks on 4066r

    Decided to make a work platform for forks out of 2 X 4's and a sheet of 5/8" plywood.

    Yes I understand this is a *no-no* safety wise, but intend on going no higher than 5 feet.

    Figure that's safer than me on a ladder with a pole saw.

    Used Valspar sealer/stain instead of paint on wood, 2 coats on all wood, 3 coats on plywood edges.

    All connections use snap lock pins, no tools needed.

    Plywood comes off of frame easily 4 hand tight 5/8" bolts, plywood weighs around 50 LBS, frame weighs approx. 50 LBS,
    each manageable separately by me.

    Total cost approx. $110.
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    Looks good. I'd be inclined to put some kind of railing around it. I found with the one we were using for the new shop the rail was a reminder you were at the edge. The front was open. I was concerned that as we were working we would be watching what we were doing and not looking for the edge. I cut a board to put across the opening so we would bump it before that last step was dooooowwwwwwnnnnnnnn.
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    Looks great. I like it. I had an old rivet boat that leaked like a sieve and decided to apply that Line X stuff to keep it to a dull roar. Not only did it seal the heck out of it, but it gave me more traction climbing in and out. Maybe put a non slip coating on it


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    Quote Originally Posted by MDrew View Post
    Looks good. I'd be inclined to put some kind of railing around it. I found with the one we were using for the new shop the rail was a reminder you were at the edge. The front was open. I was concerned that as we were working we would be watching what we were doing and not looking for the edge. I cut a board to put across the opening so we would bump it before that last step was dooooowwwwwwnnnnnnnn.
    Thought about a rail of some type, still thinking about it.
    Have used it several times, I always stay in the center of the 4' X 8' platform when using the pole saw.
    I don't go higher than 5 ' which gives me an easy reach of 19 - 20 feet with the pole saw.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kbar View Post
    Looks great. I like it. I had an old rivet boat that leaked like a sieve and decided to apply that Line X stuff to keep it to a dull roar. Not only did it seal the heck out of it, but it gave me more traction climbing in and out. Maybe put a non slip coating on it


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    Left the plywood unsanded, the sealer I used really was absorbed into the wood and left the plywood naturally rough.
    Thought of sprinkling sand on the last coat while it was still wet, but decided it wasn't needed.
    The finish is not slippery at all.
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    Nice job

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    Thought about a rail of some type, still thinking about it.
    Have used it several times, I always stay in the center of the 4' X 8' platform when using the pole saw.
    I don't go higher than 5 ' which gives me an easy reach of 19 - 20 feet with the pole saw.


    Left the plywood unsanded, the sealer I used really was absorbed into the wood and left the plywood naturally rough.
    Thought of sprinkling sand on the last coat while it was still wet, but decided it wasn't needed.
    The finish is not slippery at all.
    It looks like you carefully thought through some major safety issues with the attachment, might as well finish by having a railing. Then the only real danger would be a broken hose on the FEL or operator error. A strong railing would even help with those issues as it would give something to grab onto.

    I used to be able to hang on to something by one hand if needed, now a railing would be a great comfort to me. For some reason, I have a lot of faith that gravity always works and also that I won't bounce like I used to. Even a 5' fall would be unwelcome.

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    The real benefit to the size here OC is you can stretch out and take a nap when you get tired. Who would know?
    Nice job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    The real benefit to the size here OC is you can stretch out and take a nap when you get tired. Who would know?
    Nice job.
    When my wise a$$ cousin came over walking her dog, she asked, "Why so big?"

    Told her if some disco music came on the stereo in the cab I might decide to put down the pole saw and do
    a little dancing, need lots of room for my moves.

    She rolled her eyes and walked away shaking her head and laughing, I get that a lot from the wimmins folk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    When my wise a$$ cousin came over walking her dog, she asked, "Why so big?"

    Told her if some disco music came on the stereo in the cab I might decide to put down the pole saw and do
    a little dancing, need lots of room for my moves.

    She rolled her eyes and walked away shaking her head and laughing, I get that a lot from the wimmins folk.
    You and I would make a great tag team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    When my wise a$$ cousin came over walking her dog, she asked, "Why so big?"

    Told her if some disco music came on the stereo in the cab I might decide to put down the pole saw and do
    a little dancing, need lots of room for my moves.

    She rolled her eyes and walked away shaking her head and laughing, I get that a lot from the wimmins folk.
    If you didn't put the pole saw down would you be pole dancing



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