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Old 01-25-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Well, I wanted to build a floating dock so me and the grandkids would have a place to fish and this is what I came up with. They were redoing some pieres at a local marina and had some styrofoam they were giving away, so I snatched up some and made this Saturday morning. I am not finished yet, need to put up a rail on the walk way. The walk is actually two parts and the longer portion that hook to the dock has styrofoam under it too. It is hinged at the dock and again at the conection to the land piece.[ATTACH]Name:  fishing dock 1.jpg
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:27 AM   #2
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Good Job!!
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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You could add cattle panels to the inside so the little one wont slip and fall in or hog wire.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:02 AM   #4
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You could add cattle panels to the inside so the little one wont slip and fall in or hog wire.
Thanks Eric, I was thinking about some lattice panel for that.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:07 AM   #5
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Great lookin dock!

Lattice panel would look nice, but not near as strong and would catch alot more air if the wind really got up.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:12 AM   #6
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You could add cattle panels to the inside so the little one wont slip and fall in or hog wire.
Yep, now that my little one is old enough to go out on the pier we are going to hog panel it.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:20 AM   #7
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Thanks for the ideas! Luckily my grandkids are a little older and I prolly won't need quite as tight an area, otherwise they would just use it for climbing up on to jump off. LOL those boys will climb anything.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:24 AM   #8
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Great Job by the way I was always scared when my kids were small as well they would climb ANYTHING.Lattice will look great!!!
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:27 AM   #9
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Looks GREAT. How did you anchor the land-side of the dock?
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:34 AM   #10
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I like it!

I know those styrofoam thingies are pretty bouyant, but how stable is it if a grown person stands all the way to one side?

And how big is it? 8x8?
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:52 AM   #11
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Looks GREAT. How did you anchor the land-side of the dock?
The land side is achored with two pieces of 4" angle iron X 40 " long. I drove them in the ground till they were flush with the top of the walk way, then drilled a hole in them and put a lag bolt on each side.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:58 AM   #12
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I like it!

I know those styrofoam thingies are pretty bouyant, but how stable is it if a grown person stands all the way to one side?

And how big is it? 8x8?
Yes 8 X 8 square.

I'm a pretty big fellow, pushin 300 lb. and it didn't tip with me in one corner. I got with a guy who builds these for a living and told him what size I was going to build and he told me that two pieces of styrofoam 3 X 6 X 1 foot thick would be all I would need, so I put in an extra one to be sure.Then I floated the walk with another one to be sure. Total 4 pieces used. The American way, if two asprins are enough, take three.
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good looking dock.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:00 PM   #14
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that's reallyl impressive....enjoy it.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:38 PM   #15
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Very nice build!
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:41 PM   #16
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very nice
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:42 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the nice comments and suggestions!
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:46 PM   #18
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good job.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:13 PM   #19
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You did a great job.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:29 PM   #20
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:01 AM   #21
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You built that in a morning? Great job. Just one question.

Where are the holders for refreshments so they don't get knocked over and spill?
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:38 AM   #22
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That's really nice. Been wanting a pier myself, now I got to find some foam!
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:52 AM   #23
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That is a really nice job.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:25 AM   #24
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I'm jealous.......not only for the nice dock you built, but for the water you have!

Nice job!!!!

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Old 01-27-2010, 10:37 AM   #25
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Excellent job!!!!! That is a nce looking fishing dock.....now go break it in!!!!
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:42 AM   #26
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Looks great...I wouldn't do lattice or panels till you take the kiddos on it. They might not be able to do anything on it with panels in thier way.

You did an excellent job.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:48 AM   #27
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I noticed something...You going to want to notch out the boards below your hinge or if the water drops alot something will break. You should measure the depth from the end of the dock. Draw it up and see what angle you need to chop out below the hinges.


or you could put the hinges on the bottom somehow.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:15 PM   #30
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great looking dock
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:21 PM   #31
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looks good
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:36 PM   #32
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You built that in a morning? Great job. Just one question.

Where are the holders for refreshments so they don't get knocked over and spill?
Yes, one morning. The chairs have built in holders for refreshments. Just need a holder for shotgun shells and a umbrella for dove season.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:42 PM   #33
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I noticed something...You going to want to notch out the boards below your hinge or if the water drops alot something will break. You should measure the depth from the end of the dock. Draw it up and see what angle you need to chop out below the hinges.


or you could put the hinges on the bottom somehow.
I hear ya. This little tanks is around 18 foot deep and I wasn't too sure about how much notch to make, so I'm going to give it some time and figure it out along the way.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:13 PM   #34
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Very nice!
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tagging for future ref....
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Great idea, saved for later
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:47 PM   #37
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Very professional looking! Nice job Rob.
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Well done Ron, if you was closer you might lose that one in the night!
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Looks great, nice job.
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how did you do the hinges?
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:05 AM   #41
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I resurrected this thread from 2010.
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I resurrected this thread from 2010.
You are a bad man Mikey!
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:23 PM   #43
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Looks good sir
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:32 PM   #44
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Great looking little dock! you might want to seal it though so you wont be replacing boards in the near future. Treated lumber will still wear and tear with water being on it 24/7
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Very Cool!!!
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:58 PM   #46
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How's it holding up after 7 years? Like to see some pics.
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:29 AM   #47
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LOL. it still looks about the same.
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:50 AM   #48
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Great job! Looks like a nice place to have a cup of coffee in the morning.
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