DIY Garage Gantry with Chain Hoist

DIY Garage Gantry with Chain Hoist


hello my name is Rick I’m April’s dad we
are going to build a gantry in my garage I’ve always wanted one where I could
hook a chain hoist and lift up my mower to change belts or blades or lift up
your golf cart to work underneath so in this video this today this is what we’re
going to be doing Mike my dad said a garage gantry here is the end result so
you can see what we’re going out there it’s an i-beam placed on top of two
columns that are bolted to the floor and a trolley and hoist can run along the
i-beam and be used to lift things up if you plan to tackle this project a lot of
people go ahead and make their unit mobile so that I can be moved around
however dad didn’t like the idea of it being mobile and wanted his to be bolted
to the floor so that’s how we’re going about this one the first thing we did
was pull some measurements across the stud Bay we’d be placing the gantry and
this is so that we can cut down some boards to go across that Bay we’ll use
these later on to help secure the top beam too while I set up these superjaws
dad grabbed the material and sawed and we cut the few pieces to length i spaced them equally across the length
that the i-beam would be placed then attach them with four screws the bottom
corner of the truss all right next up was to lift the beam
in the place we’re using a small eye beam from a local steel supplier and I
did have them cut it to length before I went and picked it up
this beam isn’t super heavy-duty but it’s more than enough for what my dad
will be doing we wanted to get the beam into place first before cutting each one
of the side columns to height and to do that we first ran some straps through
the trusses create some cradles then we took our time to stab one into the beam
into one of these cradles and then the other with the beam loosely in place we
roughed in the position left to right on where dad wanted it then as one of us
lifted up on the beam the other one pulled the slack out of the strap if you
do this project it would have probably been better to use ratchet straps
because this kind of strapped without the ratchet wasn’t enough to pull 100%
of the slack out however next we grab some Bessy clamps and again as one of us
lifted the other one secured the beam flush up against the crossmembers
earlier even though it felt secure in the clamps we still left the straps up
just as backup while we worked on the next step which was cutting down the
columns next up was making the columns these will be made from some leftover
2×6 material from a card port I built my folks two years ago to mount them to the
garage floor I sketched up a mounting bracket quick and a 3d modeling software
and then cut them out of my torch mate plasma table if you don’t have a table
then of course you can use a handheld plasma cutter but if you do have a table
I have a free DXF file on my website I started by laying the plate on the
ground then taking an exact measurement that the column needed to be cut to once
I had that I used the chop saw to cut it to size then to make situating the plate
on the column go quickly I found Center on the mounting plate and
made crosshairs then did the same on the 2 by 6 material this way I could set the
plate on the ground and line up the marking on both to Center it you can see
that I’m using magnets to help hold it in place where I want it now to sick
things together I’m using my Lincoln Electric Power MIG 210 and I started off
by tacking it in two places then having my dad Reed level on both
directions while I added more attack whenever it was set correctly now I
could remove the magnets and weld all four sides shut but I’m done now time to
move to the top and dad’s garage he has a chest of drawers we needed to work
around not only making sure the column wouldn’t hit but also the larger
mounting plate at the bottom we also moved the plate and column over enough
so that a drill can get in between these two once we had that spot set we place
the column and move the i-beam on top of it making sure that it was sitting
we’re then as dad red-level I could get up to the top and tag and then weld it
shut just like the bottom and that’s one down I repeated the steps on the other
side for the second beam first welding on the bottom plate then sticking the
column into place and welding it to the i-beam dad has his garage set up said
that his workbench what’s the middle of his space and by the second column being
on the outside of it it will give him an entire Bay of the garage to be able to
use the gantry after it’s complete all right the columns are done to stick it
in place permanently we’re going to drill some holes in the garage floor and
place in some anchor bolts we first grabbed the bolts and marked off a
drilled up on the bit using some tape we used a hammer drill ami for Center on
each one of the slots in the base plate and drilled down to this tape all it
does is give you a visual reference for a roughed up each hole needs to be next
we stuck a washer and nut on each bolt and hammered them into place you want to
place the nut on while you’re hammering them in to protect the threads from
getting damaged you’ll see that I left the nut sitting at the very top once the
bolt reaches its depth then we threaded the bolt on completely and tightened it
up this thing felt really secure as is but still we wanted to go ahead and
stabilize the top to the rafter somehow for this week lace these shoe pieces
only on the left and right sides of the gantry they also act as hard stop so
that you can’t accidentally pull the trolley off that i-beam next we simply
the trolley then attach the hoist the trolley is only $60 at Harbor Freight
and that’s before using their twenty percent off coupon so in my opinion it’s
worth adding on just to make moving the boys quick and easy the last thing we
did was get rid of sand that’s awful looking rust to make this job go quickly
through a bristle Cup attachment on the grinders then got after it
oh when my dad also placed a hook on the wall over on the right hand side to give
him a place to leap the chains around when story great whatever I want to use
it you know for as much function as one of
these is gonna give my dad and really didn’t take that long took away about
three hours three hours about three hours so if you’re needing one then I
hope that this video has helped you out that’s it for this one if you want a
full cost breakdown there is one listed over on my website there is a link for
you down below hope that y’all enjoyed it I’ll see you next time by the way
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shirt does come in both male and female cuts there’s a link for you down in the
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100 thoughts on “DIY Garage Gantry with Chain Hoist

  1. You are selling plans for this but don't appear to know the safe lifting capacity. I can figure that out for you if you provide me with some details. Do you want this done?

  2. Way to take care of you Dad April. I always had a feeling you were a good girl, now there is video proof. I wish I could have found a woman like you. Great video.

  3. Beam weight bearing capacity vs chain hoist capacity ? Be careful….beam may not carry the weight that the chain hoist could lift!

  4. Didn't you have a welders hood that flipped up to reveal a full face grinding mask? If so, who makes that, and do you have a link…

  5. Another great video, April. You are a true inspiration to me and so many others. It's exactly the kind of thing I need to get and stay motivated to try new project and work a little bit outside your comfort zone. It was a great pleasure meeting you and George yesterday in Orland Park, Il. Keep up the great work.

    Ralph ( 4 car garage )

  6. I was wondering what weight capacity that hoist/ crane has. In other words, when you go to lift an item, you should make sure the hoist can handle the load and not collapse. That would kine of ruin dad's day !

  7. Hi April. I've done the beam loading calculations for a substantial I beam I have in my double width garage. The limiting factor was the brick piers holding it up, so metal ones is a good move. I'd have to add builders prop jacks to mine – we call them 'acrows'. For up to a 25 mm load offset and up to 1.5° out of plumb these have a safe working load of over one ton (long or short!) each for typical garage heights. Also very good that you stabilised the beam at the top, don't want it toppling! Your support beams will safely carry a much greater load. Cheers. BobUK.

  8. Hi April, another good way of cleaning rust and cement off steel beams is an air needle scaler. Very fast and effective. Needs a compressor of course and is very noisy – use ear defenders. Air tools are quite light to use, reasonably powerful – typically 0.5 hp or so – and can't electrocute you. An air hammer with a wide blade is REALLY good for removing wall tiles and suprisingly controllable . BobUK.

  9. tengo. dos. hijas. y. quiero. que. a. prendan. a. trabajar. cómo. usted. esto. no. les quita. el. de. techo. de. ser. mujeres y. ganan. cómo. lo. que. gana. un. Hombre. 😀

  10. Not sure if you concrete hammer drill is like mine but if it has a knob to change it to just hammer mode it makes driving the bolts in way easier. Just put the concrete bit in the middle of the bolt and use the hammer function to drive the bolt down. Helps prevent mushrooming the bolt head.

  11. Nice job. It would have been good to see it in use.

    I'm noisily curious about what your mom was working on in the background in the early scenes.

  12. To many places in that garage for a fire to start, I wouldn't recommend anyone to weld anything in a garage like that. Especially with old dry wood Cabnets directly below were the welding was done in this video.

  13. April…..just a suggestion….when installing red head type concrete anchors, try drilling completely through the slab or at least deep enough that if they are ever to be removed you can simply drive them through the floor and fill the hole with cement or mortar. great vid

  14. Your dad is not the only one to want a chain fall in his shop i'm thinking of putting one in my shop/garage. Great job April.

  15. Thank you for your great videos. I have a question. I am so impressed with all the skills you have. If I want to follow in your footsteps and learn the DIY skills do I have to become an apprentice ? How did you learn all these?

  16. You warm my every time you help mom or dad nice job. I learned to always drill the full depth of the concrete then if you ever need to remove the item you can undo the nut and dive the anchor down and fill the hole. Love your chanel

  17. I would like to add a jib crane to my shop, but the floor is only 4" and it would have to lift a 1/2"x4'x8' steel plate (to set it on the CNC Plasma table). We just use the forks on the skid steer or tractor to load plate on the table.

  18. Love your channel April. You are amazing and I love watching what you do next. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

  19. I have been thinking about doing this for a long time, and now I have a big garage to do it in. I think that chain hoist might be rated for 1,000 lbs. How would you be safe to say the rating of this setup? I like this, but I'm thinking bigger, with a heavy rating. Are you planning to do something like this in your own shop? Maybe that would be a video you might shoot.

  20. There is more than one way to do a job. But from a guy who has always had to do things by hand, it would have been much easier to put up the ends first and then set the horizontal on top. I put a 40 foot by 12 inch I-beam with nothing but a ladder and my two teenage sons to hold up a roof that we had to set on top of the I-beam. Last year I put a 5000 sq ft building by myself by putting up the posts and then lifting one end of the rafters up at a time onto each post. Always start at the ground and work your way up. Don't start by trying to hang something in the air, OUCH!

  21. +April Wilkerson, Any idea of how much weight your crane can lift safely? Did you add anything for sway on your crane after you complete the video?

  22. Right when I saw a concrete drill bit facing down into the garage floor! There goes the foundation for the garage. But good build.

  23. I've got one of those too. It's like a service pit or lift in the garage. When you are young it is on top of you wish list, but by the time you can afford one and a garage were it will fit, you have stopped do any work on your cars yourself, and since I am now retired I do not have time to use it B-)

  24. Two thoughts on the Red Head anchor bolts you used (available at big box stores): 1) I was taught to drill all the way through the floor, or at least an inch past the length of the anchor. These anchors are one-way. You will NEVER pull them up (unless you break the concrete). If you need to remove them one day (the hoist… er… ahhh.. monorail… needs to be moved a foot, removed, or you just mis-drilled), you can take off the nut and washer and pound them down out of the way, leaving a hole that can be filled. And 2) When you put the washer and nut (hmmm… no lock washer) on first, if you mar up the end, it doesn't matter. If it does matter to you, put on a 2nd nut and lightly tighten them together to keep them in place while hammering. If you followed my advice in #1, then you can use 3 nuts… 1 to set the approximate depth so you don't go too deep, and two nuts at the top used while hammering. Great project. I just bought a 5400 sq ft shed and will build an 1800 sq ft shop in it this spring. I get to move out of my basement and garage to set up my own MakerSpace. A monorail (or two) will be part of that.

  25. At 5:10 – anchor bolts with a sleeve:
    A. Not vacuuming the dust before hammering the sleeve of the anchor bolts is quick – but wrong. You need to vacuum and wire-brush the wholes.
    B. Somebody below commented – you need drill at least 1/3 of the bolt's length lower. So if you decide the change the location, be able to drop lower than the sleeve and pull it out.
    C. And therefore your initial measurement is wrong – you don't need to cut the extra part on the top if you drop it with a additional buffer

  26. You're the luckiest dad in the world. Your girl is so cool. I'm an old welder, and it does me good to see a young person learning skills. Very well done crane rail!

  27. Hey, really nice project;)
    As a tipp its usually recommended to clean out any dust frome the borehole before hammering in the anchor bolts. Otherwise it might affect their stability.

  28. Great project! You're an awesome daughter for helping your folks out with so many projects. Side question: What brand of those red anodized squares are you using? I've been window shopping online for a set of good, accurate machinist squares.

  29. It's nice to hear from all the engineers at the party but I would guess (without looking at the plans) the beam is only a W6x12.5, and the guy only wants to pick up a riding mower not a car, or a tank so a 500# load limit over that span is about right.
    As far as bracing, the only thing I would do differently would be to make 2 angle braces from 1-1/2" x 1/8" x 2' long and cut 2" off one flange on all 4 ends and bend "ears" then weld or bolt into the beam and use lag bolts to screw the angle iron to the top plate of the garage wall. On the other end I'd probably just screw 2"x6" to the bottom of several roof trusses (on both sides) perpendicular to the I-beam for "tip over" stability.

  30. A safety tip:

    If the folks sell the property, you can bet that some numbskull will try to pull auto engines with the overhead crane. The ibeam appears to be about 4, maybe 5 inch web width by 1/4 inch thick plate. The video doesn't show if its welded or rolled, rolled being stronger. With the span your unit has, the safe weight would be near or maybe less than a typical V-8 engine.

    Just be aware.

    I trust you first checked the load capacity for the design and material. A failed, loaded overhead crane is no picnic.

  31. 5/19/2019 USA Grandpa Bill (Meticularius): Meticularius speaks: As a 71-year-old woodworker, destroyer, and reconstructionist, I feel inspired to say to all global viewers that beside Sir David Attenborough, April Wilkerson is the healthiest and finest on-screen presentation of any platform available to viewers old and young. She brings us herself and her family and her friends as an ambassador of goodwill, personal growth, and victories. If I had a daughter I would want her to be April. Her rise on Youtube is a testament to the American Spirit long heralded since our forefathers. My grandfather, Alexander Hamilton, and his cronies would have eschewed April's attitudes unless she was chopping wood and making soap in a cast iron kettle. April's "I can do this" fostered by her father is illustrative of the healthy relationship between father and daughter, so vivid against the backdrop of so many abusive relationships today. YouTube has the unique opportunity to foster such presentations to assist in growing a healthier America, while unfortunately providing a platform for some pretty sick stuff in obscure corners. I say we owe our children and our grandchildren the quality of April Wilkerson's daily growth as a developing fellow adult. Her journey is in a way our own journey through the wilderness of "Huh?" to the vista of "Ohh YEH!"

  32. I Truss you know how great this project is!😜🤣🤣 I can see IF you had the room a mobile one would be great….. Moving a camper top or truck bed tent. Great Job though!

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