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Mini ramp update 4: Gatorskins!

The Gatorskins have arrived!

I was at first baffled about how to get this palletized pile of impregnated sheet goods out of the back of my pickup, but Veen came to my aid and together we determined that the bottom pallet FedEx used to get the big pallet into my bed would do just dandy as an unloading ramp.

We were considering jerry-rigged hoist operations and other things I didn’t want to subject the carport to, so I’m very glad we came to this solution.

Mini ramp update 2

Can’t say as I have any idea how I got out of Home Depot without pictures of the first haul of supplies for the skate ramp. Plenty of 2×6’s, and 3/4 inch plywood for the transition panels.

Apparently I failed to document the transition panel fabrication process as well, but I definitely ran the jigsaw way too hot, way too fast, and ended up with terrible cuts that I then needed to bring into symmetry.

Harmonization entailed buying a belt sander (oh no, more tools!), and screwing the transition panels together to ensure that each side of the pipe was sculpted identically. I started out attempting to do all 4 at the same time, but that really chewed through belts, and I was struggling to get good contact across all four at the same time anyways, so I went down to two pairs.

Long story short, I’ve assembled the skeleton of one of the transitions for the ramp, started laying out where I want the footings/foundation to all sit, and will be working on leveling everything up as we go.

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