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I made these wooden “Rock” wall holds for my backyard tree. So my kids can have a rock wall to play on. They are made from cedar and I used lag bolts to secure them to my tree. Here is a quick video of the build process and to see them installed. Thanks for watching!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db_HG18T7Og

-- www.julywithfitz.com





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 10-20-2016 05:29 PM

Yikes.
Cedar is such a soft wood and splits so easily along the grain line that I would be lerey about anyone using these to climb on. Maple or Oak would seem to be a better alternative in my opinion.
Hopefully there won’t be an issue.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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JulyWithFitz

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 05:53 PM



Yikes.
Cedar is such a soft wood and splits so easily along the grain line that I would be lerey about anyone using these to climb on. Maple or Oak would seem to be a better alternative in my opinion.
Hopefully there won t be an issue.

- ohwoodeye

I chose cedar because I thought it would hold up being outside. Do you think Maple or Oak would hold up to the elements as good as Cedar would?

-- www.julywithfitz.com

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Underdog

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 07:25 PM

Probably not. White Oak maybe.

I’d use something like Osage Orange or Black Locust.
If you can get some Sapele or Spanish Cedar that would work fairly well too.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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Ted78

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#4 posted 10-20-2016 08:47 PM

I don’t see it being soft as really much of an issue, but splitting might be a problem. I’d just use them where a failure wouldn’t be catastrophic and see how it goes.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 10-20-2016 09:09 PM

Great Idea! Thank for share

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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beefererer

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#6 posted 10-21-2016 12:14 AM

My first thought was also “Yikes”. White oak weathers better than red oak, so with a few coats of spar varnish you should be good to go. Make sure the grain runs horizontal. There are many other choices out there. That looks like the kids will have a blast! Good luck!

-- "Don't you hate it when people don't finish what they"

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oldwood

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 02:36 AM

Yikes also but because my Dad forbid putting nails or any metal in a tree. Gonna be bad when the sawyer hits one of those lag bolts one day.

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