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1.Is 12mm MDF ok
2.35mm or 50mm bolts ?
3.Best place to buy holds ...the choice is bewildering.
Keep the angle of the board small. Between 15 and 30 degrees of an overhang.
Small bits of hardwood make good hand holds. Keep it simple.
Check out Dave M's wall
Also this metolius pdf
i wouldnt trust mdf with t-nuts, 18mm ply is perfect, might get away with 12 mm ply but it'll wobble a bit :)
Definitely 18mm ply-- apart from the obvious stability problems of 12 mm ply there is also the problem of the tee nuts sticking out on the climbing side. Flexing panels will need more structural work behind and stronger anchors to the supporting structure- it simply isn't worth the hassle. Don't even think about MDF!
Remember to batten out the ply from any solid way (so over long bolts can stick out at the back).
I strongly advise you to use small (12mm) screws to double fix any tee nuts from behind especially if you don't have easy access. It is very easy to lose tee nuts otherwise.
Budget for lots of tee nuts - I make ~70 per 8*4 ply board.
You should reinforce any anchors you use (eg bolt hangers) for belaying. Even if you don't intend to belay on the wall consider a line of bolts to the top if the top is out of easy reach (makes route setting easier).
As for holds you can manufacture a lot yourself from offcuts of ply - they work really well - you can texture with grip paint or sand and glue (get kiln dried sand or use a water soluble glue - PVA is ok but very slow to dry).
As others have pretty much implied, MDF is definitely not the way to go.Use 18mm ply or even sterling board/similar if you're on a tight budget.
Bolt length will depend on the size of the holds you're planning on using. For the minimal price difference, 50mm is a better for your 'average length' required, although I've got some holds on my board that needed 100 or 120mm bolts.
Holds: just search the usual manufacturers' sites or even your local wall. You'll usually find something suitable.
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Joe - if you need a hand putting it up, let me know. I think Paul is putting up a board as well, so you might get some help off him. If you have a space, the moon board looks awesome. Just buy a good selection of holds. You'll end up resettings stuff a fair bit anyway.
2. To suit the holds you buy
3. Can't help, sorry
Mine is hopefully going up next month, aiming for a 30 to 35 degree overhang but will probably make it adjustable. Given the height of my garage I should be able to make the wall 2.8m in length, any thoughts on if that's big enough to bother with? At a 40degree angle I could stretch it to 3m or so.
if you've got a high boredom threshold and like sit starts and want to train mostly power 3 metres should be ok.
Don't bother buying many/any big holds
To be honest it's also because I fancy a bit of a DIY project :)
Same here - putting up a wall in the garage (pretty much 8x8x8 feet area to work in) in the coming weeks/months, probably at 35 degrees. Tips on here have been useful, thanks! Would be interested to see people's constructions once they're complete.
Well, you asked to see what it was like when done:
Bouldering wall in world's smallest garage! Proved tough getting it all set up due to the angle/weight . I bought the board pre-made/bolted from someone on here which is why it's a little shorter on the top right.
Made up a couple of circuits on it today, it's big enough for what I need it for and it's certainly more fun than staring at a wall using my finger board.
Good job, looks nice - definitely more interesting than a finger board :) I've got the wood for mine, drilled the boards and t-nutted them so far, but can't build it until some work's done to the house in a couple of weeks. Will stick a couple of pics up when it's done as well.
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