For my upcoming move I needed a ramp for my truck to make getting my fridge and washing machine up easily. It will also serve to get my little bike up there to use my truck as a garage during the winter days and I suspect the thing will help me during a couple of moves I plan to partake in over the next years.
So here’s how I built it:
- A sheet of plywood / OSB. This was a standard size 60x200cm but the actual size did not matter much as it could have been shorter / wider. This just happens to work perfectly but I eyeballed it.
- Two equal lengths of black iron square tubing. I have previously built a similar thing using regular wood as backing but I had these on hand from my truck cover frame built.
- 3m of random wood board to make steps, this could be anything you have on hand.
- Two sturdy metal 90° mounts that serve to hang the ramp into my tailgate – a very handy solution.
- Screws, nuts and bolts.
Total cost of this built came out to 30 bucks which is pretty cheap for something I’ll get so much use out of. I had the metal on hand, else that would have cost another 20 but I would have likely substituted with wood in that case.
A quick ahead: Many of these tools were not necessary and could have been replaced with much cheaper tools. It just so happens that I have all of these on hand because I do a lot of crafting from the back of my truck.
- Cordless drill with metal drill bits
- Circular saw (definitely not needed)
- Impact driver (replaced by regular screwdriver or cordless drill)
- 8mm/10mm sockets and wrenches
Step 1: Remove the annoying edge
The wood I used has a lot of benefits but that little edge running along the side is very annoying and dangerous so I cut it off. You could skip this step just fine.
Step 2: Cut the steps to size
Next up I cut five pieces of the cheap wood I had bought so that I could use them as steps. This was again eyeballed as much of this build – I love those „meh whatever“ measurements a lot.
Step 3: I mounted the „hooks“
Step 4: I mounted the metal square tubing
Step 6: Test and rejoice!
I hope you found this post enjoyable, I realize it’s a pretty simple project but at the same time it is a real time, back and stress saver that I’ll be using for years to come.
If you enjoyed the post here are some other projects I’ve built:
- Living room table from magnetfishing finds
- Two years‘ worth of scrap art crafts from magnetfishing finds