(Part 1 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
This series of posts (12 total, navigation is at the very bottom of each post) is intended to give you enough basic information to get started with scaf. I’m going to give you a specific list of things to buy — what I’m calling “The Set” — while trying to keep the cost as low as possible. I’m also going to show you a number of completely different things you can construct using the set.
(Part 2 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
You need about $450 for everything in the set I’m describing in this series. You’ll need a bit more if you need all the tools, and want to make the wooden “feet” too. …or a smidge less if you have the tools already and skip the feet. (But I suggest you build the feet too. You’ll be happier down the road.)
(Part 3 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
This is the set:
(Part 4 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
Remember when I said I’d start by explaining everything? Well, you should understand how the clamps work, so that you understand how to put them together. If you do it wrong, they wiggle loose and come apart surprisingly quickly.
(Part 5 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
This first build is the most obvious thing to assemble and you can do a lot with it. (Yes, it is not actually a cube; I suppose it’s a right cubic rectangle.) I’m going to give a TON of detailed instruction on this build with a million photos. On subsequent builds I’ll be brief.
(Part 6 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
This is simply a slight variation on the “cube” build. You can either assemble it this way, or slide the 90° two outlet tee clamps along the vertical legs when you’re done with your cube.
In the cube build, when you’re assembling the upper frame – the second half of the build – simply lower the position of the 90° two outlet tees. Alternatively, you can convert the cube into this by loosening the 90° two outlet tees on the four corners and then slide the frame down the verticals. (Truth be told, I had to coerce the frame down with a rubber mallet.)
(Part 7 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
I wonder what this turned into…
(Part 8 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
This is another variation on the cube (the next build I’m going in a totally different direction ;). basically, take the 7-foot side pipes and turn them into stabilizing legs, so you can do some limited laché (there’s a better build for that though), pullups, climbing and under-bar stuff.
(Part 9 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
This is a very stable, adjustable setup for learning rail precisions close to the ground.
(Part 10 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
By now, you should be pretty comfortable with these builds. So for this one, I’m going to start off by making a poor decision, so you can see how it doesn’t work out at the end. Then I’ll make a change and show it rebuilt.
(Part 11 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
There are some non-obvious ways to use clamps to build unusual things. Early on, in the first “cube” build, I mentioned you could do pullups and work climb-ups. But this build is way better for building a stable, nearly 7-foot high bar.
(Part 12 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
Closing thoughts, other random clamps and ideas.
(Part 13 of 13 in ~ Scaf 101)
Eventually, you will want to purchase swivel clamps. They can be quite expensive. But, I found this place, which sold them to me for an unpublishably, insane, low price: https://www.associated-scaffolding.com