I ignored this before because I don't need a pot lifter, but
I like the progression from 1st to 2nd version - simpler, I can see your thinking evolving
"No, I don't sell the things I make. I do encourage others to make their own gear."
Yeah - selling things is such a pain, obnoxious customers that are never happy, it's hard to make a profitable business with overhead and everything, I really respect all the people here that make and sell things. Making many copies of the same thing gets boring.
It's interesting how the commercial version weighs twice as much or more and has extra features that are un-necesary. They don't care too much about weight. They like "features" the marketing people can spin. They don't appreciate simplicity. That's why you have to make it yourself. Plus, you get to experience the creativity of designing and making something.
It's interesting you posted this in 2006, and you're still here, 7 years later.