|Project by shopdog||posted 02-03-2014 11:09 PM||2512 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
I’m sitting here in my apartment in Brooklyn, looking at the snow falling…and daydreaming about warm weather, and hanging out on the dock that I built last summer. I have a small cottage on a tiny lake (pond) in western NY state. I knew that I needed a new dock when I bought the place 10 years ago. The old dock had a pressure treated ply surface, and the substructure was made from pressure treated 2x and 4x material. After years of being pushed and pulled by a frozen lake, the posts were about 30 degrees out of plumb, and the dock was about to break apart. I’m a deck builder, here in Brooklyn…but I never built a dock. I did some research, and I made a sketchup plan of what I wanted
...and hired a local dock contractor to fabricate and install the iron substructure. The substructure is 4” diameter pipe driven into the lake bottom, with a grid of 3” I beams welded to the pipe. The pipe is filled with concrete.
I drilled a lot of 5/16” holes in the top of the I beams, and then sistered 2×4 pressure treated to the top of the I beams…clamping, and bolting from below with 1/4”x1.5” galvanized bolts. I worked from my dingy (when I could) because the water was still chill.
After I finished with the sistering, I drove about an hour north to Bristol Valley Hardwoods, and picked up the Ipe for my dock decking. I needed about 45- 12’ 1×6, so it took 2 trips with my old Subaru Forester, to haul it back to the lake. Then I just laid down the Ipe like it was a deck…running the boards wild on both sides, and trimming them afterwards.
It took a couple of days to get the Ipe down, with a few breaks
I had to add some bling…a ladder, a bench, some umbrellas, boat cleats, etc. I didn’t get around to sanding and sealing it (got lazy)...but I sealed the ends of the Ipe with penofin. I’ll finish it up in the spring.
Thanks for looking
-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz