My brother and I built a wooden milking stand early this year for Nigis. It's made from 2x4s and plywood. I'm really pleased with it. https://picasaweb.google.com/1177150583 ... directlink
Platform is 30"L x 20"W
Total height is 38"
Cross pieces and "neck pieces" (what are those called, anyway?) are 2x4s ripped in half. 2x2s would also work.
Neck pieces are 30". Bottom of moving neck piece is bolted.
To attach the chain, my brother cut a link in half and we pounded it into the wood with a hammer. We used the other half-link for the hook.
I have really liked this design. The only things I might change would be (1) make the legs longer, and (2) on the stanchion part, take the top 2x2s away and add another 2x2 opposite the bottom one. That way the vertical 2x4s could be shortened, saving wood, and also you could fit horned goats in it.
Also the bolt needs tightening sometimes. It'd be nice if it didn't.
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