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Two-person pot lifter ... it knocks apart.

Two-person pot lifter . . . it knocks apart

Why strain your back moving a heavy pot or tub by yourself? This wooden device, built much like a hospital stretcher, lets you and a partner bend down, get a good grip on the lifter's handles, and move the container together.

Gerald M. Pollard of Santa Rosa, California, designed this knockdown lifter. He uses it to move two sizes of octagonal redwood tubs, but the lifter could be sized to fit other pots, including clay.

The lifter's long sides have 1 1/2- by 5-inch handles cut at each end for an easy grip. Removable crosspieces, cut to match the pot's outside width about 3 inches from its top, space the sides, making a square hole to surround the tub. Twenty-inch lengths of 3/8-inch threaded rod running behind the crosspieces lock them in place.

The wood pieces were cut from fir 1-by-3s: two 36-inch-long sides and pairs of 14 1/2- and 17-inch crosspieces (sizes vary depending on the pot size). Mr. Pollard beveled and glued an 8-inch length inside the face of each crosspiece and side; he angled the bevels with a table saw to match the angle of the tubs' sides.

At the end of each crosspiece, he tapped in two 3 1/2-inch nails 1 1/2 inches apart, then cut off their heads. The nails slip into corresponding holes drilled into the long sides. Since Mr. Pollard had two sizes of tubs, he drilled two pairs of nail holes. He then drilled lrger holes for the threaded rod 3/4 inch outside each pair.

With this design, you need to assemble the lifter around the pot before moving. Attach washers and wing nuts to both ends of the threaded rods and tighten.

For a simpler version that requires no nails or bolts, you could use 1-by-4s that interlock with cross-lap joints (half the depth of the wood). Cut the crosspieces so they extend 2 inches beyond the joints. Also, put the handles on the bottom to provide a band of continuous support.

Photo: Bend your knees . . . lift!. Stretcherlike like lifter makes it easy to move this heavy octagonal redwood tub

Photo: Beveled section, glued to center of crosspieces and sides, matches angle of tub's side. Headless nails extend from end

Photo: Threaded rod, washer, and wing nut draw frame tight around the tub. Other holes fit shorter crosspiece (for smaller tub)
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Date:Apr 1, 1988
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