roll out board walk

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Project by Jeffery Mullen posted 05-22-2012 06:57 AM 2648 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was browsing on the internet and found something like what I made in this picture. They have a nice price on theirs and I see why as when I built this board walk for my garden to walk down the middle of the rolls , it took a little work measuring the boards where i needed to drill to put the rope through and tie a knot in between each board then adding another board. The idea of this board walk is so your feet don’t get muddy in the garden while watering it. When a person is done with it in the fall they could roll it up and move to the drive way and hose it off and store it for next spring use in the garden. This could be used for in the winter months to put under your car tires when stuck in the snow with a set of two of them . My dad said he would like one for his chickens to walk on in the chicken coop. I would think that this could get used for many other good uses as well. Thanks for looking and open to more ideas.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 09:50 AM

Good idea! I like it.

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 02:45 PM

I need to make several of these for my garden. Question – did you use nylon rope because it is to be used outdoors? If so, does it hold a knot well? Very useful item. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ben in Va

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 03:23 PM

I love it, though it should have been made out of red oak. Because then you could “roll out the red (oak) carpet”.


Well, at least it was funny in my head. :)

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 03:26 PM

Cool Idea,just wondering if the rope will rot over time.

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 09:01 PM

if you have a freind that is wheelchair user
and know of a beach with relative flat acces over the sand
then have two of those with you so the freind can get wet feet too :-)
they just have to be about 4 foot wide


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#6 posted 05-23-2012 01:55 AM

What a good idea.

-- Kevin

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#7 posted 05-23-2012 06:01 AM

I bought cheap nylon rope to make this one it holds a knot real well. I guess over a period of time the rope could go bad I never looked into all the different types of rope to use on this project yet. I might make one out of red oak some time as well. There is a guy that wants to order one from me about 30 feet of it and told him it would be 200.00 or so and he was good with that. He wants it to go from his house to his barn where his horses are so he don’t get muddy feet. I like the wheel chair idea you have Dennisgrosen. I am glad you all like my idea and hope you all enjoy making yours for what use you can get out of it. If the word gets out that you are making these you will end up with special orders from people.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 02:24 PM

Glad you have a Buyer,red oak does not hold up very well outside. Your better off sticking with western red cedar.

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 07:37 PM

In response to a question about my earlier comment I guess I should clarify my statement about Red oak ,it does not hold up well outdoors but White oak does fairly well outdoors. I did not recommend white oak because of it’s cost ,Western red cedar cost a lot less in the north west than white oak. Another point to make is many woods while in contact with the ground will decay much quicker than in normal use. When building structure’s in Oregon the only woods that are allowed to have contact with the ground are pressure treated woods and some times redwood. Of course this is not required for you roll up board walk.

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#10 posted 05-24-2012 07:02 AM

Wow thanks Jim for the info I didn’t know about some of the stuff you told me . That is what I like about this sight, lots of members and lots of info and pure lumber.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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