With the intent to make a replacement step for the driver's side of the manure spreader truck, I scanned the shop for the right material for the job. I nixed the idea of using expanded metal because it will bend under pressure in time. Then I saw a steel post sticking out of the scrap barrel. I cut the post into three sections to match the width of the existing step frame and mounted the sections with bolts. The new step is sturdy and an excellent grip for muddy shoes.
No More Busted Thumbs
To compensate for my clumsiness, I made a grease gun holder from four rectangular pieces of ¾" plywood. I screwed two pieces to the top edge of my workbench just wide enough apart to get the plunger through. I pulled back the plunger until it was fully extended and marked the spot for placement of the bottom two boards that hold the handle in place. I screwed two more rectangles of ¾" plywood there, leaving space for the plunger to slip through.
- December 2009