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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2014, 09:46:29 PM »
building the panels is like spinning the strings for tzitzis. there's still plenty of work putting them together. Also you live with the mistakes for the life of the sukkah.
Good point. I'm rethinking my strategy. Henche's instructions are very clear but it does seem like it will be very heavy. I'm probably going to email the people from incidas link and ask them about modifying there design.
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2014, 09:50:50 PM »
My father did the following:
My grandfather built a very similar sukkah in 1966. He used it until several years ago when they started going to EY.

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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2014, 09:53:43 PM »
My grandfather built a very similar sukkah in 1966. He used it until several years ago when they started going to EY.

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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2014, 09:54:39 PM »
I'm your uncle!
I don't have any. Are you sure you're not schizophrenic? :P
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2014, 09:57:42 PM »
Good point. I'm rethinking my strategy. Henche's instructions are very clear but it does seem like it will be very heavy. I'm probably going to email the people from incidas link and ask them about modifying there design.
Use 2x3s or even 2x2s and use 1/4 inch panels. No need for larger.
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2014, 09:59:42 PM »
Use 2x3s or even 2x2s and use 1/4 inch panels. No need for larger.
2x2 might make it hard to drill holes for pins or weaken the wood too much and cause splits. Thoughts?
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #36 on: August 28, 2014, 09:59:53 PM »
Good point. I'm rethinking my strategy. Henche's instructions are very clear but it does seem like it will be very heavy. I'm probably going to email the people from incidas link and ask them about modifying there design.

i use that sukkah project sukkah and am very happy with it.  The instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow.  They send you a box with all the braces and screws and then you go out and buy the lumber, lattice, zip ties  and schach.  I have a friend who bought the braces himself and he told me that it cost the same amount from lowes I.e. He wasn't saving anything by not going through them.

Keep in mind I live in Florida and lattice is perfect for my walls.  Would you prefer panels up north?

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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #37 on: August 28, 2014, 10:07:53 PM »
i use that sukkah project sukkah and am very happy with it.  The instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow.  They send you a box with all the braces and screws and then you go out and buy the lumber, lattice, zip ties  and schach.  I have a friend who bought the braces himself and he told me that it cost the same amount from lowes I.e. He wasn't saving anything by not going through them.

Keep in mind I live in Florida and lattice is perfect for my walls.  Would you prefer panels up north?
I would want panels and a fourth wall with doors.
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2014, 10:12:07 PM »
2x2 might make it hard to drill holes for pins or weaken the wood too much and cause splits. Thoughts?
the night panels are with 2x2s
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2014, 10:31:34 PM »
Use 2x3s or even 2x2s and use 1/4 inch panels. No need for larger.
the lumber yards use 3 2x3's (top, middle, & bottom) and 2x2's on the sides.
Also 2x8 panels are easier to handle and store than 4x8

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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2014, 10:33:14 PM »
the lumber yards use 3 2x3's (top, middle, & bottom) and 2x2's on the sides.
Also 2x8 panels are easier to handle and store than 4x8

interesting. so the actual wooden panel is set into the frame instead of nailed to the outside of it.
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2014, 10:35:19 PM »
the lumber yards use 3 2x3's (top, middle, & bottom) and 2x2's on the sides.
Also 2x8 panels are easier to handle and store than 4x8

Yes, but there are twice as many!

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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #42 on: August 28, 2014, 10:38:33 PM »
Also, as far as holes go, I would try to buy from a lumber yard that has a drill press that would do it for me.
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2014, 11:40:33 PM »
Good point. I'm rethinking my strategy. Henche's instructions are very clear but it does seem like it will be very heavy. I'm probably going to email the people from incidas link and ask them about modifying there design.

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You will find the frame adequate and well-suited for covering with wood panels and a door.

But buy the 8x12 Kit, not the 8x8, as you will need the additional parts in the 8x12 Kit to build the fourth wall and doorway.

The 8x12 Kit includes lumber lists for building wood-paneled 8x8, 8x10 or 8x12 frames including the option of a 4ft doorway (which you can modify the size of to fit the door you intend to install).

This might be the simplest solution.
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Re: Building a Sukkah
« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2014, 12:26:52 AM »
2x4's split in half with a table saw is the way to go for the frame, if it's free standing then you can do 2x3's. The reason to get the 2x4 split instead of buying 2x2's is because the cut side will be flat and lie very nicely against the board, and actual cut size will be 1/4 of an inch bigger than 2x2 making it a little stronger. Also it'll be easier to find straight nice pieces of 2x4 as opposed to 2x2. (Lowe's near lakewood actually makes thousands of split 2x4's before sukkos)
For the actual panel use Luan, or 1/4 plywood for a little more sturdiness.
Make sure to glue the panel down to the side beams together with screws to prevent warping.
To make a nice strong sukka does take a lot of work. May come out more worth it to just buy a made one. Tellim in Lakewood makes some really nice ones for a fair price. (don't have any more details)
Keep in mind that even if you buy one you must take the time to buy some waterproofing to paint the boards with, otherwise they will warp very quickly and not last.