Seaside Boardwalk

Seaside Boardwalk

Create your own boardwalk with Amy Devers instructions.


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Take a walk on the boardwalk! Create this project along with the pier platform bed for a complete seaside feel.

Materials
(4) 2”x4”x8’ pieces of pine
Jigsaw
150-grit sandpaper
Wood stain
Paintbrush
1”x6”x8’ pieces of pine precut to:
(2) 5 1⁄2”
(2) 11 1/8”
(2) 16 3⁄4”
(2) 22 3/8”
(2) 28”
(50) 33 5/8”
Nail gun
1 1⁄2-inch brad nails
Jigsaw
(2) Old, dry cloths
Pencil

NOTE: The measurements for the wood we used in this project were to create a boardwalk that was a custom fit for our room. Scale these measurements accordingly to fit your space.

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Instructions

  1. Using the 150-grit sandpaper, smooth down all of the edges of the pre-cut boards. Also be sure to remove any splinters that may have been created during the cutting process
  2. Use the old, dry cloth to wipe away the sawdust that was created during the sanding process
  3. Once the boards have been prepped, prepare to apply a coat of your desired wood stain. We chose to create our own wood stain by mixing 2 parts water with 1 part gray interior latex paint. Any stain you choose is fine or you can opt to paint your boardwalk with interior semi-gloss paint. Using the paintbrush, apply the stain to each side of every cut board. Be sure to continually wipe the boards with the unused dry cloth as you go, to prevent dripping and puddling of the stain. Once all of the boards have been stained, allow them time to dry completely before proceeding
  4. Lay out the two pairs of 2-by- 4’s on the floor along the two adjacent walls in your room where you’d like to construct the boardwalk. Space the two pairs of boards about 2-feet apart

Tip: If the walls you choose happen to have doors and/or closets, use the jigsaw to cut the 2-by- 4’s to accommodate each passageway. You will later build the boardwalk on these cut 2-by- 4’s.

  1. Start constructing the boardwalk in the corner where the two adjacent walls meet. Be sure to wear your safety glasses. Start constructing a herringbone pattern by laying out and securing the 1-by- 6’s along one of the 2-by- 4 pairs using the nail gun. You will start by laying and securing one of the smallest 5 1⁄2-inch board in the corner, and increase lengths by laying the 11 1/8-inch, 16 3⁄4-inch, 22 3/8-inch and 28-inch boards, smallest to largest. On the adjacent wall, once again, start with the smallest 5 1⁄2-inch board and lay the lengths smallest to largest until the 28-inch board has been placed. The boards will interlock, creating the herringbone pattern
  2. Once the corner has been assembled, you will proceed to place the 33 5/8-inch 1-by- 6 boards. Working adjacently to the corner you just created, place each 33 5/8-inch board onto the two 2-by- 4’s and secure them with the nail gun. Space the boards by placing a paint stick, on its side, between each board. Once the boards have been secured, you will remove the paint sticks
  3. To accommodate a closet door, first open the door and lay a strip of painter’s tape on the floor where the door stops when fully opened. This angle will tell you how the cut 2-by- 4 needs to be arranged on the floor
  4. Continue to lay out and secure all of the 33-5/8-inch boards to the 2-by- 4’s and secure them with the nail gun. Once all the boards have been secured, you will carefully use the jigsaw to trim the parts of the 33-5/8-inch boards that jut out beyond the painter’s tapeline that you laid down
  5. To install the pier platform bed that will protrude off of the boardwalk, first determine where the bed will rest on the boardwalk. Place the two posts on one end of the bed directly on the boardwalk and trace their shapes onto the wood of the boardwalk using the pencil
  6. Once the shape of the posts has been traced, use the jigsaw to carefully cut out the shapes from the boardwalk’s structure. Once cut, sand and smooth down the cut edges using the 150-grit sandpaper. Place the pier platform bed’s posts into the cutout spaces, allowing what will be the head of the bead to rest inside the boardwalk. See images below
  7. Once completed, the boardwalk will be “floating”, which means it will not be attached to the wall or floor, making it easy to remove whenever you are ready

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