Labor Day Weekend Dock Project

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Project by mochasatin posted 09-08-2016 11:41 PM 1200 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was really more of a carpentry project, but it met the criteria for posting. This dock replaces the old, basic dock that had rotted away and posed a danger. Dimensions are a large 16’ x 12’ with a 2ft cantilever over the water. The two outer corners were cropped to 45 degrees. I found a similar design on the web and redesigned it in Sketchup with several modifications. The dock is sitting on six 6×6 square pilings that we jetted into the water with a high pressure water hose. The outer frame was build on shore and then carried onto the pilings. The wide dock allows for easy loading and unloading into and out of our 14ft fishing boat.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 11:58 PM

very nice dock …. would be nice to fish from also …........ GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 09-09-2016 12:08 AM

Thanks. Yes, there are a lot of Bass and Bluegill in the lake.

-- Scott

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 11:59 PM

Great looking dock—you’ll get to enjoy it every time you use your boat!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 02:16 AM


-- Scott

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 09:44 PM

That is a great looking deck large, I like the railing and how you’ve got it turning in by the water.

I have a small sliver of land on the lake across the road from my house. I’ve put off building a dock but that is much nicer then I was imagining I’d build. What are the green things you used for the foundation on land and what did you do for support under water?

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#6 posted 09-23-2016 03:07 AM


Hi and thanks. The green things are 5 gallon plastic buckets I purchased at Menards for $2.50 each. They held the rim joists off the ground while I built the outer frame. The dock is sitting on six 6×6 posts. Three were placed near the shoreline and the remaining three are sunk a distance of 8 feet from the first three. The three posts along shore are 8 footers and the three further in the lake are 12 footers. The posts were trimmed to length with a laser level. I rented a trash pump from Home Depot and connected the hose to a 10ft, 3/4” steel pipe and jetted the posts into the lake bed. It is a two man job to jet the posts into the water.

-- Scott

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