Nice work Andrew!For you track day folks, you know the pain of paddocking and sometimes having to jack up cars on soft soil.
I had built a set of wood 'platforms' to go under jack-stands when paddocked on soft surfaces. I realized this weekend that my race jack just barely has the throw, if everything is perfect, to get the stands on the 'platforms' under a car. When everything's not perfect, it's too low. I figured I could build something better that doesn't add 1.5" to the height of the stand.
Started with some 22ga steel from Home Depot Racing Supply:
I cut them out on the band-saw, but this could also be done with an angle grinder or even a good pair of tin-snips:
A bit of work with the hammer and a 2x4 'buck' and I got all of the flanges to 90 degrees. From there it was just a matter of putting the stand on the 'pad', and hammering the flanges around the legs of the jackstands. Since they're angled, this essentially captures the pads so they can't fall off.
For a 'finishing' pass, I lowered the car onto them (with the lift) and then went around the perimeters 1 more time with the hitting stick now that they were captured with 3/4 ton on them and sharpened up the corners, as it were. Not sure I'd want to do that without the lift to support the car in case I did something stupid (I guess you could have a jack there as a backup), but it worked great.
Now to figure something out for the jack itself.