Miles' Garage Micro
[Thanks to Miles Sims, Austin Texas, USA]
Miles has updated an FAQ for us, spotted a copyright violation for us, sent us in some nice photo's of his ramp, and also miles came up with a great technique for attaching the coping without the use of a helper. Using tape. We're proud to have him as part of the ramp plans crew. He's going to be building his own website for his ramp so we're only showing a few of the fine construction detail photos he provided, and we'll be linking to his site as soon as he has it up. In the mean time check out his use of toggle bolts and tape to get his coping well secured.
[ ... ] The first thing I did was tape the coping to the ramp. Then I drilled a 1/4" hole in the top 2x4 at an angle that hit the pipe, basically the same way you did [ on the "R.P.D.O. Mini" ]. I purchased toggle [ bolt ] anchors that spring open. I had to drill a rather large 5/8" hole in the back of the coping to get the toggle through but it worked like a dream once I got that done. Took maybe 3 minutes. to get the toggles in and bolt the coping down! CAKE! (unlike most everything else I've thought of).
I did try and get a little too cute drilling the angle through the wood and tried to drill into the coping at the same time. Of course that snapped my drill bit. Best thing to do is just put a nice little mark on the coping with the bit then untape it and drill the 5/8" hole where the mark is. Lined up perfectly!
Make sense? The toggles have a 285lb rating per toggle and I used three per side. Its on there solid, I jumped, smashed, crashed anything I could into it and it didn't budge. We'll see how it holds up to skating! All I've got to do now is add the coping to the other side, screw in a few more supports in the flat and put a surface on that bad boy! I'm leaning towards sanded ply for the skate layer mainly due to the high dust factor and humidity issues with Masonite.