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Help me build my woody (or, you build, I pay) Thursday, 10 September 2009 At 3:13:31 AM Freemo
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Sounds like all woody builders encounter similar issues. I'm using 45mm x 70mm treated pine covered with 12mm ply. I'm making two panels, each consisting of a 30 x 180cm kickboard that'll be dyna-bolted to the back wall of my (rental) house transferring the load into the concrete path. Hinged to this using five 75mm hinges will be a 200 x 180cm panel. The upper panel will also be bolted to the wall - but when unbolted - will hang about 15 degrees out supported by chains into the roof trusses. I plan to use some posts set into the garden to support the woody when on more steep angles as I don't trust the chain-to-roof setup. One panel set is complete and is certainly strong enough so the design is good. I have some photos I'll post when I return to Oz in a fortnight. (Yep - I'm at 'work' in the US and have found an internet connection, fantastic).
I borrowed a mates circular saw and cut all the timber at one go. Other than the saw I've used a cordless drill as the frame is joined using 75mm 8-10 gauge screws. The hinges are attached with 50mm 10 gauge screws and the ply with 35mm 8 gauge screws. Another issue I discovered in the need to seal the ply as it absorbs water like a sponge (I used CD ply, not rich enough to buy marine ply). The water based sealer was pretty crap so I'd recommed a cheap polyurethane.

Cost = approx. $300 for timber and this gives 3.6m wide x 2.3m high climbing area

Cheers

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