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Old 12-06-2015   #1
 
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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.
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DIY wood frame build...next steps?

NRS towers won't work. They are designed to fit around pipe. You will need towers with a flat bottom that you bolt on to the wood. Good luck! Hope you get out on the water soon!


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Something like these.

http://www.recretec.com/index.php.ca...temid_100.html


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Steve I think he is talking about the steel towers nrs sells. They make a flat bottom set that will bolt to his frame. I have never used them but I am sure they will work
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They look about the same as Inflatable steve sets. Either would do fine
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That frame will work for rougher water than you think. It will do you a fine job.
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Steve I think he is talking about the steel towers nrs sells. They make a flat bottom set that will bolt to his frame. I have never used them but I am sure they will work

Ah, forgot they had those. Never really looked at them because I never used a frame that could fit those. Sorry OP.


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Yep, the steel flat bottom oar towers are what I was referring to. Any suggestions on what size to get?

Eventually want to get an aluminum frame so I can tack on a rear seat, motor mount, and anchor system. Dreams...
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I think you need more than 2x4 for the sides with those towers
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Get a set with 5/8 " top hole for oar locks. As long as you are not over6'4" to 6'6" a 6" tall set will be fine on a frame that is 60" wide. The narrower the frame and the taller the rower the taller the oar stands need to be. And you will probably need to replace your 2x4 sides with 2x6. Actualy it will mount to your 1" thick top plate. So as long as it is wide enough all will work out
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