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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This big 'ole thing was made as a workman's plank, for use with scaffolding (or ladder jacks, etc.) to allow working space thereon while otherwise hanging in midair. Nowadays of course, such things are made of metal with all manner of clamps/safety apparatus attached by federal regulation, <rolleyes> but 'back in the day' things like these were the norm...just start putting the scaffolding together, sling a few of these across it every so often where needed, and "be smart enough to notice if one of 'em gets bumped and is close to falling off" and/or "not to bump somebody else's such to knock it off" when you eventually go to work standing on it... <sigh>

    It measures about 6-1/2' long and 12" wide overall. It is made in an interesting fashion, consisting of two identical parts of 6 long wood slats (about 1" x 1-1/2" x 6') all fastened together at one end with a couple large crosswise bolts and slightly wider short 'spacer blocks' between them. One of those two parts was then flipped end for end and nested into another, with a pair of iron brackets riveted across their surfaces thru the 'loose ends' of the slats a few inches from their ends. Quite a clever design actually, no doubt providing superior weight-holding strength (vs. 2X12's, or whatever) as well as the ability to quickly drain liquids (rain?) and all probably ultimately more lightweight than big solid boards of similar size.

    Anyways. This one is now destined to become a "shelf" somewhere around the house instead, as soon as I manage to find some new spot around here where I can actually put up another 6-foot long shelf...? <groan><headdesk>

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    1. buckethead, 5 years ago
      I remember standing on these while painting the north and south face sides of a qounset back in the 60s on the OK memory....
    2. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      Had one for years ..heavy when wet great for wallpaper hanging inside .. saves time ...nice post
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      Having them knocked off is easy to cure. Whether on scaffolding or ladder jacks a C-clamp on each end will prevent them from sliding to where they fall. I'm to old to handle these anymore so I have a platform stand that just hooks on to the ladder rungs.
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 years ago
      My hearty THANKS to buckethead, Watchsearcher, Roycroftbooksfromme1, jscott0363, fhrjr2, officialfuel, & fortapache for stopping by and tapping your <love it> buttons!!

      MORE thanks for y'all's kind comments too -- fhrjr2, that would indeed be an easy cure to the 'sliding off' problem. Somewhere in the back of my mind I think I recall another method of doing the same thing with a drilled hole and dropped-in bolt or two on each end of the planks matter, any of it would be OH SO NON-OSHA compliant these days... <lol>

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