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Re: [mohawk-man] Constructing a wooden volume
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mohawk-man wrote:
Okay so I've looked around researched this a bit, but I can't seem to find a tutorial that help me with constructing a wooden volume. So I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction, or be so kind to give me a little advice for when I start constructing my first wooden volume for my local gym. I hear its not too difficult, but I wanna make sure that I'm doing it correctly and whatever I make is durable and safe for everyone to climb on. I wanna make volumes of all sizes from very small to extra large, I also want them to bolt to the wall not screw in. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.

A few thoughts to throw in the mix...

1.) You can download google sketch-up** for free. I find a few features to be a little quirky, but you can use it to draw 3D shapes, and rotate to different views. The tape measure tool can take measurements directly off the drawing.

2.) Isometric graph paper (also called plumbers graph paper) can make it easier to draw shapes. You can sometimes find it at plumbing supply houses, or you can download printable pages off the web. Dimensions can be derived mathematically -- just keep clear in your mind what your rise and run is, then pythagorean theorem c = sqrt[(a^2+b^2)]

3.) A good construction calculator (eg Construction Master Pro) can make life easier.

4.) You can template your shapes ahead of time on cardboard. A run by Sears could yield some large refrigerator boxes to cut up and use.

5.) You might be able to find a book called "A roof cutters secrets" (library?) A bit complex but basically anything that can be framed is covered. (You're basically building mini-roof shapes)*

6.) String line can also be used to mock up edges and give you something to visualize and measure.

7.) Gluing up the plywood edges of your shape (w/ gorilla glue for example) can dramatically add to their strength and rigidity. Don't glue it to the wall itself, though... duh.

* Edit to add -- also, "Roof framers bible" is a good rafter book with rise and run tables and edge cut angles, etc.

**Edit to add no2 -- sketch up example below:

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