DIY wood frame build...next steps?
While cleaning out the garage yesterday, I realized that I had a bunch of mysterious pine lumber up in the rafters. Now I realize that pine is far from ideal, but it's all I have and I'm dying to get on the water.
2x4 rails at 70", front and rear cross beams are 2x6 or 2x8 at 60", and a couple 2x4 60" cross rails to hang stuff. 1x4 on top to keep a smooth surface and to keep me from tripping.
Going to use t nuts and pan head cap screws to assemble it, with the t nuts on the bottom of the gunwale rail. Also going to buy some pipe and pipe mounts from the hardware store to mount a foot rest unless I can hack together something made from scrap wood.
Have some leftover interior/exterior paint of unknown origin/color I found in my basement. Will splash on a handful of coats to protect it.
Need to track down some oar towers. NRS is having a sale for like 80 bucks for the set, are they any good? Other options out there to keep this as cheap as possible?
I've literally not spent a dime on this frame, and hope to keep it as cheap as humanly possible. Promised my wife I wouldn't spend any money on this thing until the Spring, and I already have to break that promise to pick up some Craigslist oars and a cooler next weekend.