2x4 wood car stands

Doug213xrj

Doug213xrj

Royal Smart Person
Dec 30, 2011
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I see them on a lot of TV shows. Has any one built and used these ? how safe are they for a complete car ?

Thanks Doug
 
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Max Headroom

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Sep 8, 2011
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I would never use wood to hold a car up. 2 x 4 is made of pine, which is a very soft wood. Is your life, or one of you friends or families life, not worth the extra money to buy a good set of jack stands??
 
Doug213xrj

Doug213xrj

Royal Smart Person
Dec 30, 2011
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West Michigan
I have Jack stands. Jack stands and car ramps are always in the way when I need to get to the starter, oil filter, header collector or any thing else by the rear of the front tires.



Doug
 
TURNA

TURNA

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Jul 24, 2009
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I have them

I have used them on a 68 Chevelle and 87 T-Type no issues at all

2x4 hold your house together I wouldnt worry about them being "soft"

The way you sack them they are just about indestructible
 
jlcustomz

jlcustomz

G-Body Guru
Nov 22, 2011
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Nothing wrong with a good design of wood blocks. (pic would help) Not sure what type you're referring to, but just like anything else design is as important as materials. I trust my wood ramps ( 2x6 to 2x 12 pt construction) more than old cheap rusty steel ones. They have solid wood that can't compress or twist sideways where weight rests. Same with resting car frame on wood, I use large & wide enough scraps of pressure treated wood that they are actually more stable than jackstands in the event of car being bumped hard or something. Seriously, people have bumped cars on jackstands with another vehicle resulting in injury or death. Sad but true.

Also , particularly on very poor concrete, or dirt, jackstands are an accident waiting to happen. Seen that too many times also.

Anything wood I use is pt so it won't rot and ends up being way the hell heavier than a steel part. Most yellow pine pt is not exactly what you'd call soft like the cheap spf (spruce/pine/fir) genetically engineered fast growing crap 2 x4 interior wall material is made from. I'd agree with preferably not using that crap. Anywhere I use a screw , I predrill holes to avoid splitting.
 
MC96

MC96

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Dec 7, 2015
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I love the facebook threads on these, especially when the self anointed "engineers" start saying this or that.

Theyre 2x4s, they hold houses up

Like mentioned above, they way they are stacked theyre about indestructible.

Yes I've done it.
 

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