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rchiou1


Apr 10, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Hey guys,

Anyone actually own a Boulderboard or try to build something really similar?

http://brewersledge.com/products/boulderboard

Its quite pricy at 500 for the frame only or 799 including the wood.

It looks like it wont be too hard to build. I was at home depot and I was checking out some "angled steel"

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183467/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=angle+steel&storeId=10051

It looks like I could just stack two of these together for the sides and just vary the overlap to extend or shorten the sides. I would probably use the same materials for the cross bars and the verticals. It seems pretty sturdy as I Was trying to flex it with my body weight. also seems pretty convenient with all the holes so I could probably vary the angle of the set up.

What do you guys think?

PS I live in a dorm so cant actually build a garage wall type set up.


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Apr 10, 2012, 12:52 PM
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The angle iron you are looking at in Home Depot will not be sufficient for a project like this it does not act the same as tubing and while it is really strong stuff in certain applications it's not suited to a frame like you describe.

Also keep in mind that you need approximately 700 inches of that steel (which comes in 72" lengths) so you're looking at over $150 for the steel alone. Unless you double all of them up as you described then you're looking at $300. Now add on the bolts and some extra material for any mistakes you make and you're eating away at any of the money you'd save.

If you do want to make something similar I would strongly suggest using wood for the frame. It takes up a bit more space and it doesn't look as nice but there is a much larger room for error if you're building this out of say 2x6's with 3/8" bolts. There is a bit of a trick to framing out a triangle, but if you look around online you should be able to get some ideas for various methods.

Good luck!


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You could save time and money by building something like this. (IF you have the place for it like a doorway and an opening)
http://youtu.be/w6iKGUQcAbk

I did the same, but with cheaper plywood and 2x4 framing in the back... so it's heavier. Since the walk way into the living room was wide enough, and the living room has really tall ceilings, I was able to just lean it against the wall, facing the walk way. The key is to have an open space behind you so you don't end up with your head stuck in drywall.


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I don't know if that would be a good idea for a dorm room. It might fly if you've got concrete block walls on two sides of the room but I wouldn't risk the damage to an ordinary indoor partition wall especially in a room where there is a good chance you might have metal studs instead of 2x4s.


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True. I haven't actually been in a dorm room in a while, so it was kind of a shot in the dark.

Here's another video you can get some ideas from, though this definitely isn't easily portable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAmx1Vem-10


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