I need to put up scaffolding around my summer house in Finland in
order to do some work on the outside.
Since softwood lumber is plentiful and cheap there I was thinking of
building it myself.
Has anybody tackled a project like this and if so would they have any
useful links that explain how to go about it.
I really wouldn't do this.
Steel tube scaffolding is quick to assemble and because it's re-usable
afterwards, the cost is reasonable. A free-standing steel tower is
For timber, then I know how to build semi-permanent staging. This is
strong, safe, and perfectly adequate to work from. However it takes
appreciable work to assemble it, even if the timber cost is free.
There's no way I know to build something with the ease and low labour
costs of steel tube and scaff clamps. I can do it, but not quickly.
If the timber is truly free, or if you're buying it anyway for some
other reason, then maybe this will work for you. But I can't really
see it, because of the extra workload and time involved.
It's also illegal to do this in the UK, unless it's entirely on your
own property, it's more than some magic distance from the nearest
public road, and no public or even other tradesmen have access to it.
The rules changed a few months ago and any "scaffolding" must now be
of approved design and checked by a qualified scaffolding rigger (NB -
you can still assemble it yourself, so long as they OK it). Given the
public hazards caused by some dodgy scaffolding in the past, then I
don't have a problem with this ruling.
BTW - You might like to post in uk.d-i-y too.
So it playing with high-rpm spinning carbide, but we all do it.
I built staging to help with my addition 2 segments, just under eight feet
wide with crossbars at 4-feet and 7.5 feet high, so that I could change
platform height. These segments were light enough that I could drag them
around where I needed them. With the 2 segments and a platform in between I
had about a 23' run.
X-braces (10' 2x4's) front and back provided stability and a good climbing
surface to mount it.
Perhaps I cheated darwin :-)
I would not have attempted to go higher than that.
The OP did not tell us the scale of work that he had in mind.
On Sun, 06 Jun 2004 23:24:00 +0100, Andy Dingley wrote:
The problem is that I can only manage to spend a couple of months a
year there and at that rate I'll only be able to finish the work on
the outside (re-clad and insulate) over a few years.
The timber is cheap and I can always use it on another project once
the outside is complete. I understand what you're saying about time
but cost is important to me whereas I'm not too bothered if the job
This is in Finland so I can always plead ignorance ;)
Thanks Andy. I was thinking of which other groups to post to.
Frank, I built ladder type scaffold that I use over and over again.
Consists of 7"-6" 2x4 posts. 5/4 x 3 1/2" x 30" horizontal members and
4pcs 1x3 X braces.The 2x4 posts are mortised 3 1/2" wide on 12"
centers. The first mortise is 18" from bottom. I kept the total height
under 8'-0" so I can use it inside a house as well. I keep a ladder
nearby to climb up on scaffold. Total width is 30" ,height 7'-6". Nice
and light to use,rigid if you brace properly.If you need more height
an A frame type scaffold can be built. Does not allow for different
Sounds good. I don't suppose you took any photos of your erection?
...if you'll pardon the expression.
I think I get the picture. How did you tie the braces to your your 2
My main problem is that the ground around the house is uneven in parts
which doesn't help matters.
No pics Frank.The braces are screwed to the ladder frames, simple and
easily changed from one length to another. I used 2" screws, flathead
,roundhead, whatever I had in my pocket.When the ground is uneven ,
take the time to place a short mudsill where the legs go and level it
off. If your ground varys a lot in height you might be better off with
a patent scafffold with screwjacks. I have set my scaffold on ground
that varied about a foot in 8'-0". Takes a little work to safely level
off the mudsills, maybe two or three minutes per section when the
ground is uneven.
On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 09:09:06 -0400, Howard Ruttan wrote:
I got a post off-newsgroup from a guy who says that there is an
article in "Fine Woodworking on Joinery" on building a scaffold in the
Japanese style using posts and wire to seize them together. To quote
It shows how to use #9 annealed wire and 4-5inch poles for quick
building. The article is by Len Brackett. He was in Japan and
observed how they use this method for scaffolding. He used it to
build a 2400sq.ft. sawing mill shop on site. The method is sound.
I'll definitely look into that.
Many thanks to all who answered. Assuming I get to build it, I'll
post pictures on my site with a description of how to build it.
Despite frantic googling, I still can't find any decent articles
on the web :(
I just inspected a nice scaffold made by a friend of mine for work on
a high interior ceiling in his house. He made it out of bamboo lashed
together by filament tape (tape with nylon filaments in it). He harvested
and cut the bamboo which is 3 to 4 in. in diameter. Works fine. The
platform on which you stand is 10 ft. in the air. The scaffold did
begin to lean a little so he straightened it by placing some wires inside
Not so surprising really, because in a lot of the world they use bamboo
for practically everything.
On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 09:58:15 -0400, Zaster Sap wrote:
When I was in Hong Kong a few years ago, I saw bamboo scaffolds rising
It's not unusual for scaffold to blow down in high winds over here but
in Honkers their bamboo scaffold seems to survive typhoons!
Unfortunately, bamboo doesn't grow too well in these parts...and even
less well 400 miles south of the Arctic circle where my house is in
Pine, birch and aspen grow well though. I've had the forest harvested
this year but I might consider cutting my own boards one year. I'm
pissed off with spending a fortune on timber when I've got 30 acres of
Anybody know what aspen is like for furniture making? I think silver
birch is OK.
I don't have links but you should be able to come up with something if
your inate sense of proportion and reasonableness is not far off the
mark. Many have an eye for what just isn't going to work and others
do not. Have things you engineered in the past fell apart or held up?
If they tended to fail then maybe renting scaffold would be the best
plan for you.
On a couple houses I helped my brother build, we resorted to digging
5' deep holes and dropping tree's we cut into them for the vertical
sections and then just slapping some 2x10's to sides with some osb on
top to walk on. No railings but they could have been added. I
*never* crawled up on them since my balance isn't perfect though my
brother is a monkey when it comes to that. The tallest scaffolding
was > 28' which we achieved with some 40 foot poplars we cut down off
the property and used a back hoe to maneuver into the hole we dug.
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