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Home-Built Shop Hoist
Richard Cox, Jacksonville, Ill.: Richard and friend, Buddy White, Jacksonville, Ill., made this shop hoist from parts salvaged from an old portable elevator and a wagon hoist. A hand-cranked winch mounts on the side of the hoist and runs up through pulleys on top. The lift rolls back and forth across the top of the hoist.
  The winch came off a Little Giant elevator. The gantry mounts on casters, and travels anywhere it's needed in the shop.
The two men also came up with a handy high-speed sander-buffer for polishing steel shafts and also for rounding wood. It's a high-speed emery blade mounted on an electric motor, mounted parallel to a small work table. They say it works as well on wood as metal because it doesn't "fill" with gunk as it's used.

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2