Building a rough cut tamarack boardwalk | Paul Lemiski

Building a rough cut tamarack boardwalk 

Halton régional forest complex

This is the entrance to the Halton regional forest complex, they have a small gravel parking lot just off the road and a map of the trail system.

halton tract entrance

This is the entrance off of Guelph Line just across from Mohawk race track, this trail system is accessible with a vehicle but of course you need the key (-:

boardwalk work site

Day 1 - Time to get to work, supplies are arriving so it's time to start laying out the stringers. Materials used for this board walk are rough sawn Tamarack. The stringers are a true 2'' x 10'' 10 feet long, deck boards are a full 2'' thick x 6'' wide 5' long. Everything will be anchored through 4'' x 4'' posts that will rest in concrete deck blocks.

boardwalk layout

In the distance you can see we've laid out all the parts roughly where the board walk will be.

boardwalk stringer assembly

The boardwalk is 300' long comprised of 30 sections 10' long. The stringers are 2'' x 10'' x 10' long, each section overlaps and will be held together with 2 lag bolts that go through 2 joists and a 4''x4'' post that will rest on concrete deck blocks.

tamarack boardwalk leveling

The boardwalk had to remain under 24'' tall, the top boards are 2'' think so we initially setup the sections with legs that held the sections at about 20'' from the ground and proceeded to level from there.

stringer lag bolt

Here you see the lag bolt that goes through the stringers, it's so long because it will go through a 4'' x 4'' post.

rough layout tamarack boardwalk

We now have the entire boardwalk on the stilts and have begun to level the sections

cutting material to length for boardwalk deck

Now we have installed the 4'' x 4'' posts into the decking blocks and tightened down the lag bolts, in the distance Kevin is cutting some pieces to size.

curved tamarack boardwalk

The boardwalk had to twist and turn through the trees, this shows a long arc towards the end of the boardwalk

boardwalk job site

Overall shot of the job site, we were blessed with some beautiful fall weather

ridged cop saw material cut to length

Cutting the deck boards to length

laying out tamarack deck boards

Now we begin laying the deck boards

boardwalk along side halton trail system

One at a time, progress will be made

jobsite

In this picture it shows the main trail, in the spring time the water levels are very high and not possible to pass, with this boardwalk in place, no matter how wet it gets you'll still be able to enjoy a beautiful spring day.

half boardwalk layout

Were getting there, almost to the end, oh wait we're only half way done (-:

tree shadows on tamarack boardwalk

I thought this was a beautiful picture with the shadows of the trees falling across the boardwalk

the never ending boardwalk

Were almost done, we just have to add the pipes along the side

tamarack boardwalk ramp

This is a ramp at one end of the boardwalk, the pipe is there to help the blind to follow the boardwalk along.

beautiful boardwalk shadows
the end of the line boardwalk

Here you can see a good side shot of how the boardwalk sits, you can see the 2 lag bolts holding the post and stringers together onto of the concrete deck block

boardwalk anchor

The last piece of the puzzle


black and white boardwalk

Finished at last, this was a fun project to build. Its great to know that this boardwalk will not only be around for many many years to come but will be enjoyed by so many people. 

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