Things To Consider Before Building Your Own Floating Dock
Fundamentally, many docks are constructed from pressure-treated wood, composite, and aluminum. While it’s not yet as familiar as these more conventional materials, modified wood is an excellent alternative for dock decking.
If you don’t know what material to use, you can ask professionals. They can help you choose the best decking materials for your necessities based on the water conditions and weather in your location.
Building Process Of Your DIY Floating Dock System
Step 1: Build Frame For Floating Dock
First, you’ll have to construct the square frame that will act as the framework of your dock floats. Position your 2×8 timbers in a square and screw them together. Use the inside instead of outside corners, making an 8×8’4″ square and make sure to gauge and saw your beam appropriately.
To provide your dock frame with some added stability, place a 4×4 corner post at every structure corner and screw them into the corners. Now you have the outer frame that will provide your deck with its primary set-up.
Next, you will use your 2x4s to build reinforcement for the inner frame to keep the barrels in place, brace the dock, and offer a section to nail your decking boards. First, measure to the actual midpoint of your frame, place your first support lumber there and secure it with screws. You’ll have to make a platform for every barrel to make it firm and keep it from moving.
Lay down another set of two 2×4 bracings on each side of the lumber. Put a plastic barrel between the beams to make sure they’re well-placed between the supports without scraping the ground and snug around the curve in the barrel. Remove the barrels before securing the platform to the frame with screws.
Then, you’ll install two planks on top of the others, running perpendicular. To get the correct spot for the supports, measure where the barrels end on the cradles and set the cross beams down to hold the barrels tightly in place.
To fasten the structure, use L brackets at every support intersection. This will ensure that everything remains where it should and stays secured.
Step 2: Prep Your Plastic Barrel
Step 3: Place The Floats
Screw-in hook-eye bolts to your structure to keep the ropes in place to hold your barrels. Drill holes for the bolts, two on every side of where every barrel will sit, then manually screw the eye bolts.
Put the barrels in the cradles, then bind your polypropylene rope through the eye bolts to restrain the barrels and hold them durably. Tie a knot around one eye bolt closest to the structure, run the rope across the barrel, then diagonally, then across again, and tie another knot around the last bolt.
Step 4: Flip Your Dock Over
Step 5: Attach Deck Boards
It’s time to add the decking boards to your dock. Grab your 1×4 lumbers and screw them into the support boards to construct a deck. Check to leave some spacing between each decking board (about ⅛”) to enable the boards to contract, expand, and prevent misshaping when they get wet. After you’ve secured some boards, you can use them as a substructure to kneel on while you finish the rest.
Step 6: Attach Your Hinge & Secure The Floating Dock
You can decide to execute this before attaching the deck boards. The hinge will guarantee that your floating dock can glide a little. The hinge will absorb some shiftings when the water is somewhat rough rather than steering it towards your structure.
Once the dock is in position, you’ll need to prevent it from floating away; this is where you’ll want to use a couple of pilings. Add another eye hook, move the floating dock into the water, and connect to the right pilings or poles using leftover polypropylene rope.