How to Build Construction Wood Scaffolding

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How to Build Construction Wood Scaffolding
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Scaffolding is an elevated single- or multilevel working platform to help support the weight of machines, people and various materials. Scaffolds are also known as temporary structures that support buildings and painting in construction work. While steel is often used for scaffolding, some people still use wood scaffolding in their construction sites. You can build construction wood scaffolding within a day and in just a few basic steps.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wood pads
  • Wood cleats
  • 2-by-8, 2-by-10 or 2-by-12 wood planks
  • Circular saw
  • 1-by-6 wood boards
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • 2-by-6 wood boards
  • OSB panels

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  1. 1

    Clean the surface for the location of your scaffold structure thoroughly and make sure that it is free from any debris and there are no damp areas.

  2. 2

    Draw a quick sketch for your wood scaffold for you to know how and where to start building the structure. Use your measuring tape to get the dimensions of the area you want to cover with the wood scaffolding.

  3. 3

    Place one of your wood planks on the surface of your location and check if the ground is completely level. This will serve as one of the sills for your wood scaffolding, and shall be positioned at the bottom part of the inside of your scaffold frame. Place wood pads under the plank to make it level in case it is tilted.

  4. 4

    Position the scaffold inside posts against the walls. Tie your post to the wall using your wood cleats and attach its sill to your posts, nailing it at the bottom. Use 2-by-8, 2-by-10 or 2-by-12 for your posts. Place these at every 10 feet of your scaffold length.

  5. 5

    Place two posts at one end as you plan the layout of the rest. Cut the boards and wood posts with the circular saw to fit the scaffold’s measurements.

  6. 6

    Nail a 1-by-6 board at the top of the posts about 3 to 4 inches from the posts’ top edge.

  7. 7

    Place the outside part’s bottom sill at the bottom of your posts. See to it that the two sills are completely parallel. Nail these onto the post with your hammer.

  8. 8

    Connect your inside and outside posts, while attaching the 2-by-4 boards to posts’ sides. Screw the board for you to easily disassemble your scaffold later. Make sure that the boards are installed right at the same height as they will be holding your platform.

  9. 9

    Install the 2-by-6 wood boards right over the boards that are used to connect the posts. Position the boards horizontally to serve as the walking platform.

  10. 10

    Place the OSB panels above the 2-by-6 boards and screw them in place. Let the panels go over the edges, about 15 inches on all sides.

  11. 11

    Mount diagonal braces in order to add stability to the wood scaffolding. Nail the 2-by-4 and 2-by-6 wood boards to the posts in a diagonal position.

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