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DIY Portable Floating Dock

Portable Floating Dock

When Mack wanted to build a portable floating dock, he scoured the internet for different options, and stumbled across Simplified Building in the process. Using Kee Klamp fittings to create the frame, Mack was able to build a modular dock that could be broken down for transport. In this article, we'll take a closer look at this unique project, the fittings used, and how Mack was able to create this floating dock.

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Free Standing Bookshelf: Plans to Build Your Own

Free Standing Bookshelf

If you're looking to build a free standing shelf, but aren't very experienced in wood working, or just want a unique look, then this shelf is for you. One of our customers, Bill, sent us this latest project, which he built for the side of his bed in his bedroom. The shelf is built using a combination of Kee Lite fittings and wood. It also uses a threaded fitting at the top of the shelf. Here's what Bill had to say about it:

"I needed a small vertical shelf by my side of the bed for books and magazines and this seemed a good way to do it instead of just using wood alone. I've built other items with plumbing pipe and found Kee Klamp online during my various searches. They're far easier to use than threaded pipe and are also more flexible for design options. Once I had the pipes cut and painted and the shelves cut and finished; assembly only took about 20 minutes or so."

To show how to build this shelf, we have included diagrams and the steps below, needed to create one just like it for your home. Best of all, since our design uses Kee Lite fittings, you don't need to have much, if any, building any experience to put it together. So follow along and learn how to build your own, free standing shelf:

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American Ninja Warrior Training: How to Build Your Own Obstacle Course

American Ninja Warrior Training

If you want to become the next American Ninja Warrior, then you know full well the amount of preparation it will take to be ready to compete in the event. The courses in the American Ninja Warrior series, feature incredibly difficult obstacles that test your strength and determination, with each obstacle course increasing in difficulty from round to round.

To qualify and compete in the series, it takes an immense amount of strength, grit, coordination, balance, mental toughness, and more. Many seasoned athletes can't even make it past the qualifying round. However, the few that do, often have spent many years getting their bodies in shape and preparing through similar activities like gymnastics and parkour.

Yet, it can still be tough to simulate the obstacles that the American Ninja Warrior series comes up with for each of its courses. That's why some have even gone on to build their own structures to best mimic the course.

At Simplified Building, we have been in business for over 10 years now. In that time, we have seen all sorts of people use our Kee Klamp fittings to build intense obstacles and other physical structures. Many parkour gyms, and even obstacle courses such as the Spartan Race and Men's Fitness Ultimate Athlete Games, have used Kee Klamp to build their own obstacles.

In this article, we'll highlight a few structures, made with Kee Klamp, that can be built to create your own American Ninja Warrior Training Course in order to fully prepare for the event. Each of the obstacles have been used in similar courses or training and can be built on your own using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe. We'll seperate each of the structures into categories and try to showcase past stuctures that best mimic those seen on American Ninja Warrior. So let's take a look:

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Build Your Own Kayak Trailer: No Welding or Cutting Required

Build Your Own Kayak Trailer

If you're a kayak owner, you know what a hassle it can be to transport your boat from one place to another. So much so, that it can even keep you from going out on the water. The struggle to get your kayak up on your car roof and strap it down can be too much. Especially, if you have a larger kayak or don't have anyone around to help you. Or maybe your car roof isn't even an option, if you have a small car or multiple kayaks for your family. That's why many kayak owners invest in a kayak trailer to make transporting their boats easier and less of a hassle.

However, pre-built kayak trailers can be rather expensive (typically going for $1000 and up). So many result to building their own solution. But if you don't have any building experience, don't know how to weld, or don't have the ability to cut metal or wood, then you may be out of luck. Even if you do have all those skills, it can be rather time consuming to fabricate your own kayak trailer. That's why we created this post to show examples of kayak trailers that were built using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe.

Using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe, you can add a kayak rack to your existing trailer (or a small utility trailer like this one if don't already own a trailer) without the need for any welding, cutting, or prior building experience. Kee Klamp makes it possible for just about anyone to create their own kayak trailer. Let's take a look at a few examples:

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Portable Adult-Sized See Saw That You Can Build

Portable, Adult*Sized See Saw that You Can Build

The See Saw! Remember that beloved giver of sore rear ends. The see saw seems to have gone out of style on many American playgrounds. It's been replaced by trendier things made of rope and plastic. But the see saw is a classic part of playground fun that should not be forgotten. In honor of building unique stuff from pipe and fittings, the last two years of the Rochester Mini Maker Faire have featured our very own portable see saw. This apparatus was enjoyed by young and old alike (I believe the adults who used it definitely had more fun than the kids!)

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