“Adjustable, Wooden Scaffold” or “Safer, Stronger, Cheaper; Yours”


Scaffold - 1While pricing some of the offerings at Home Hardware, not a perfect site but gives me a fair ballpark for pricing in which Jim Randell’s store will price match for me, I was shocked and appalled by the price of scaffolding! Like… god damn-boy. Over $50.00 for for a 5′ (~1524mm) end, of which you’ll need two, then another $20 for the stabilizing scissor that connects them, and then more money for the platform, and more money for the adjustable fastener kits… good GOD! Okay, so to hell with that. I’ve decided to design my own, and for your viewing pleasure, I took the time to go the extra mile and really offer something comprehensive. It suites me fine, since I’ll use these plans when I build my own, and make editors notes at the bottom if I am forced to make any changes.

DISCLAIMER: LIKE ALL MY PROJECTS, I DO NOT CLAIM THAT THEY ARE FOOLPROOF, NOR DO I TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OUTCOMES, SINCE YOU ARE THE ONE CREATING THEM. THIS SCAFFOLD, LIKE ALL MY WORK, IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND THE UTMOST CARE MUST BE TAKEN WHILE USING IT.

Okay, these scaffold sets are basically repeating the same three sets of 3 (probably over-built) sections, but ought to serve you well. As always, click on the Sketch Up renderings seen and you can get a blown-up image with measurements, dimensions and colour-coded parts that reference the first drawing (Seen top left).

Scaffold - 2Okay, first-off, the end-cap with integrated ladder. Identical to the ladders in the drawing you see, this one has 1′ rung-spacing on one side, and 2′ rung-spacing on the other side. Major rung spacing is as seen in the drawing, 1′ 8 1/2″ (~520mm) with minor rung spacing at 8 1/2″ (~215mm). Total height is 10′ (~3048mm) and width is 4′ 3″ (~1295mm). Major rungs are exactly 4′ (~1219mm) and minor rungs are exactly 2′ (~610mm); This is meant to minimize wastage. Each end-cap requires eight 10′ (~3048mm) boards, at a local price of approximately ($55.00 CAD). You will require two of these, and the section is easily adjusted in height for your needs, but with an 11′ ceiling, this was necessary for me. ($110.00 total price.)

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So to keep the whole thing stable, I’ve created these braces. They can be screwed into place, but that makes them rather disposable after several -ahem- screw-ups? Let’s call them assemblies. They can be fastened as you like, see another article on how I’d recommend they be fastened together to make the strongest, most rugged, reusable and reliable fastening system. I forget where I’ve seen it, by that I mean in who’s video, but I made the rendering and really, REALLY like it! Anyway… this is assembled of only three different boards, the longers are 8′ (~2438mm) long, the shortest ones are 1′ 8 1/2″ (~520mm) long, and the diagonal piece is just an 8′ (~2438mm) with the angles traced out against the inner box, and cut away. It’s not crucially important that any angles be precise, just keep it snug to the box, just keeps the box/scaffold from twisting. You’ll need four of these units, requiring five 8′ (~2438mm) boards, a local price of $20.00 each. ($80.00 total price)

TScaffold - 4his next image is the platform. It’s also very simple, but you may need to reinforce it differently, depending on the mass of the load supported. Uses a full sheet of 3/4″ (~19mm) plywood, three boards at 7’2″ (~2184mm) and two at 4′. This platform, as drawn, will require five boards at 8′ (~2438mm) long and one sheet of plywood. The 4′ ends of the sheet have a 1.5″ overhang to hook into the ladder-frames. (Total price of $65.00)

Scaffold - 5You can see the stack, here, and only lifts 18″ (~457mm) from the top to the bottom, and a total width of 4′ 3″ (~1295mm), and a height of 10′ (~3048mm). I did this because it’ll make it easiest to use whole boards and less wastage, though it wouldn’t take much creativity to shorten the width to 4′ so it’ll fit cleanly in a pick-up truck. Considering the whole scaffold only costs about $250.00, a little flexibility is it’s secondary strength.

This will make changing out light bulbs and doing minor electrical work in my trusses much, much easier. Be sure to take a look at my fastener article to make these sets last a lifetime!

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