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Project by shopdog posted 170 days ago 1382 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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--

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#1 posted 170 days ago

Great timing for your post, Steve. With the storm of the century looming, it’s nice to think that better days are ahead. Beautiful design, location, and workmanship … and I love your dog!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 170 days ago

That is a classy looking dock with the ipe! Very contemporary feel to it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 170 days ago

Here am I sweating… in 40 degree Celsius summer heat… wishing I had a dock just like that… fabulous…I would just jump right off…

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#4 posted 170 days ago

Wonderful! Makes me dream of warmer days…

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#5 posted 170 days ago

Gorgeous structure, and functional too. Curious how much the ipe cost in total.

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#6 posted 170 days ago

Very nice! Could you give directions to your cabin? Many of us want to take a closer look at the dock. :D

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#7 posted 170 days ago

you got that cast away vibe going. deck looks amazing. nice action shot of the dog jumpin in the lake

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#8 posted 170 days ago

Ohhh… Awesome work, and making my cabin fever even worse…lol…

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#9 posted 170 days ago

Super! That’s gotta be hard place to leave. Beautiful. The deck is incredible. Sure to be there for another generation or so. I hope you enjoy it for many, many years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 169 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments.

degoose…I ran a Celsius to F conversion…that’s 104 degrees!!! We have another snow storm coming tonight.

Greg…I have the receipt and wood list at the cabin…5 hours away. I think it was $3.50 per linear’ (+tax)
I needed something like 45 – 12’ 1×6. I remember that it was around $2300.
I’ve been building Ipe decks for about 15 years, and I can’t tell you how many times I told clients…”buy the best, and only cry once” when it came time to deck off the dock, I just had to take my own advice.

It’s a forever dock for me, and other cottage owners have approached me about doing their docks.

-- Steve--

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#11 posted 169 days ago

That dock ain’t going anywhere! 4” steel concrete-filled tubes – wow! What’s the matter didn’t want to drive them into the bedrock? :) Nice job!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#12 posted 169 days ago

Absolutely beautiful dock. Good thing you built it while youʻre still young. That ipe has got to weigh a lot.

Good job. Thanks for sharing. Great pictures.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#13 posted 169 days ago

tyvek…yeah, I’ll be 64 in 2 weeks…forever young
Carrying 2- 1×6x12’ on those 3” I-beams was a challenge, but I rose to the occasion. I had to, as I didn’t have any help. It’s a small lake, and everyone sits on their decks & docks with binoculars…so I had to show them that this city boy can carry his weight :-)

Dinger…This lake freezes over, and likes to shift every dock to the northeast. I am hoping that it won’t move my dock too much each year. I won’t know until May, when I go back.
I bungeed a 2’ aluminum level to one of the 4” pipes, so that I can judge the movement over the first winter.
I suspect that it will be minimal

-- Steve--

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#14 posted 169 days ago

Very impressive !

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#15 posted 169 days ago

What a great project for all to enjoy, especially with the envious neighbors. I think you just found a new summer job at the lake away from the city.

-- Skilled craftsman are not cheap, cheap craftsman are not skilled. Bert, Wooster

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