Embarking on a woody building mission? Hopefully this page helps you out a bit.
This is quite a simplistic guide and there are links to more detailed guides in the article.
The first stage is to figure out how much space you have. I would suggest that the minimum size for a decent training woody would be 3.6m x 2.4m (ie 3 sheets of ply) on an angle of around 30 degrees. If you have more space you can definitely aim to fit in as much as humanly possible. The more variety of angles the better, but note that you will not get a very good workout from a vertical wall. The best training angles are between 10 - 45 degrees. Roofs are fun to play on but are not great for training.
You can also add custom woody features such as these to your design:
The Moon Board - Train on the same problems that the hard grit climbers use.
The HIT System - Eric Horst’s well known and used training holds/program.
Draw up a design and, if the space is tight, use string lines before you start building to maximise the space you’ve got.
Here is a list of the materials you will likely need:
2.4m x 1.2m plywood panels; at least 17mm thick. Anything less will flex or pull the T Nuts out. Check the trading post for good deals and investigate work supply places, as they will usually have it cheaper than hardware stores.
100mm x 50mm (4 × 2) framing timber at least 4 per 2.4m plywood panel width (pine is ok if it's a decent grade).
75mm x 37mm (3 × 1.5) bracing timber.
3/8th T Nuts (estimate about 100 per panel depending on your spacing).
Wood screws to screw plywood to framing.
3/8th bolts (they are cheaper) for framing or nailing gussets for corners.
12mm wood drill bit for installing T Nuts.
Building The Frame
Without going into massive detail as everyone builds framing differently you want to follow these guidelines:
Place framing timber at 800mm centres, with one at each end of the plywood (see diagram).
Place bracing timbers at top and bottom of where they plywood panels will sit (1200mm centres) so that each plywood panel can be screwed into it.
Depending on your situation it may now be easier to secure the frames to the wall with struts etc, or you may want to leave them on the ground and put the panels on them after you have done the next step. It really depends on the situation but it can be very hard to hold a plywood panel in place on a steep angle whilst trying to secure it to the frame. If you're securing it to a brick wall be careful that the load you create isn’t going to tear a brick out of the wall. Use 10mm Dynabolts in masonry or 3/8th bolts if fastening to timber.
Preparing the Panels
Whatever you do resist the temptation to texture the panels. There really isn’t any need to paint them either unless they are outside in the elements. If you texture the panels you will just waste your money resoling your shoes and non textured panels make it harder to smear so you’ll get stronger. Prepare the panels as follows BEFORE YOU SCREW THE PANELS ON THE FRAME:
In order to give yourself the ability to vary your hold locations you want to put the T Nuts in a grid spacing of about 150mm to 200mm grid. you can also vary the T Nut placements by drilling the holes slightly off the corners of the grid so the nuts will be in more random positions. but make sure they are not to close together or the holds won't fit on them.
An offset spacing is preferred as it will give you better hold spacing. (ie drill one row in between the rows above and below it to offset the holes)
Clamp your plywood panels together and draw up your desired grid on the top piece.
Once the grid is drawn get your nice 12mm drill bit and drill through all the panels of plywood at once. This will save you loads of time. Don’t push to hard as you get to the last piece of plywood or the drill bit may explode out.
Now the fun bit. Take the plywood down and pick up a hammer and start nailing the T nuts into all those hundreds of holes you just drilled!
Now that your panels are all nicely T nutted you can screw them onto your frames which are either on the ground or secured in place. Make sure you put a lot of screws into each panel, at least 20 should keep it nice and secure. Screw around the outside of the panels then move into the middle.
Hopefully by now you have a woody in place. If not, go back over one of the points just described. Getting your holds and putting them on is the fun bit!
The holds you get will obviously depend on a number of things. The angle of the wall, type of holds you like, your budget etc. Its best to get a variety of styles of holds. If you want to save some dosh make your own out of wood. You will need quite a lot of holds (depending on the size of your board) so a good way to start with plastic holds is to buy a value set. These generally give you a good variety of shapes at a good price per hold. you can then fill out the woody with other more specific holds once you know what you want. Also get some screw on holds as these will fit where you can’t get t nuts (on lips of roofs or corners and arêtes) and give your woody an extra dimension.
The term ‘Climbing Anchors’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is . Our ABN is 14 604 546 590. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.
The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.
Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
From time to time, this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of Australia.
Information Collection and Use
Climbing Anchors is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.
If you choose to register an account with this website you are required to give your contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact the user about the services on our site for which they have expressed interest.
We request information from the user on our order form. Here a user must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and method of payment. This information is used for billing purposes and to fill the customer's orders. If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the user. For your security, Climbing Anchors does not retain credit card information after completion of your order.
We may use an outside freight company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.
This website takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.
If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your post code), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user's personal data provided to us. This can usually be done at the member account page or by emailing our Customer Support.