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bpmclimb 26 Mar 2020

I'm considering making a simple, 20 degree overhanging circuit board lashed to an oak tree in my garden. Quite narrow, a meter or 1.5m maybe, but could go 3 or 3.5 high. Just wondering about materials - I can make a frame of 2x2 tantalised and/or weatherproofed in some way easily enough, but I'm thinking that if I attach plywood sheets, they won't like getting damp.

Any advice? Anyone made wooden climbing structures in their garden?

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JerDon 26 Mar 2020
In reply to bpmclimb:

I'm in a similar situation - on here reading about lots of great garage set-ups but with no garage - so planning on making something outside when I get the chance. Meanwhile, designing it is a wee distraction.

My backyard fence has conveniently fallen over, so needs to be replaced; equally convenient, the recent delivery of plywood, and the box of holds.

So, the plan here is to rebuild back fence on the wonk, in WBP ply, then add a little a canopy to shield back of wall, or even line out the whole back wall. All those T-nuts are going to expose a lot of ply edges, and there are lots of places for water to get trapped, so my current thinking is to protect the back of the wall with a lightweight skin.

Re. materials - having built lots of outdoor ramps for skateboarding, we found WBP ply as reliable as Marine ply, and half the price. The tanalised timber is a must; I assume you're aware of the need to protect yourself from the dust when you're working that. Also, separating structure from ground moisture.

Thinking about your post, I'm going to hazard an educated guess that 2x2 framing is going to flex excessively. Plying the frame on both sides would help a little but I'd be looking to use heavier framing timber - 2"x6". In terms of design, 4' - 5' wide is pretty skinny indeed. Can you wrap something around the tree, or make a little traversing island?

Thanks for starting the thread. It'll be interesting to see what folk on this one.

EDIT: and there's this...opps... https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/walls+training/diy_moonboard_in_the_garden-716827

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misterb 26 Mar 2020
In reply to bpmclimb:

If you can use 2 sheets of ply so you have 6ft by  8ft high it would be worth it

2x2 might be too flexy tho ,4x2 is ideal

If you use only screw on holds and get the right length screws so they don't come out of the back of the board all you need to do is gloss paint it on both sides and you are laughing

Until it's pissing  down that is!!

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TonyB 26 Mar 2020
In reply to bpmclimb:

This is my outdoor wall. I built it in 2013 and it is still going strong. It looks a bit weathered now but otherwise is in great condition. The only changes that I've made to the structure here is to put corrugated roofing on the back. It catches the evening sun, so is great at this time of year, and in summer morning sessions are idea. Of course in winter there are days where I wish I had somewhere indoors, but with the amount of space that I have, I wouldn't swap it for a small facility in my low garage. If funds were unlimited I would build a garage with an apex roof though!

https://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/dbpage.php?id=219874

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Howardw1968 28 Mar 2020
In reply to bpmclimb:

We have one in our Garden, It uses 2x4’s for the structure and is moonboard styled two 8x4 panels at 30 degrees above a 1 foot kickboard. We also filled the side triangles in to give some vertical with an 8x3 section next to one of them. (The off cut from the kick board) 

We paint it every year to protect it and I have just this week put a tarpaulin up over it so that we can use it in the rain during lockdown. 

I haven’t logged in for ages so will try and work out how to post photo’s for you

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RD 29 Mar 2020
In reply to bpmclimb:

https://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/dbpage.php?id=341225

This is my outdoor panel and associated training facilities.

Built in the corner of the field below our house and out of sight.

The panel overhangs around 60 degrees and is approx. 12ft wide and 11ft high to the roof. On the left is the short campus board.

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