So I started the deck in late June, early July. I came out on the first day of October, which was a chilly day and much to my dismay, this is what I found!!! When it is hot out, and the deck is soaking up the suns heat, there is no ...
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I am Nate Meadows and I am a retired Staff Sergeant from the United States Army. I am a Wounded Soldier returned home from Iraq who has poured himself into making beautiful things instead of destroying them. I was wounded by a Fuel Bomb, a specific type of IED, only I was protected from its flames. My injuries are primarily internal and therefore perplexing to many people. I look normal however I have a severe head injury that impairs my balance, messes with the nerves in my hands and feet, and gives me terrible headaches that can take me out for days at a time. Life is still very good however! I have a beautiful wife and two healthy sons.
I was adopted by many great people when I was in the hospital, who have helped me get a shop up and going. I am an artist and a visionary. I can look a empty room, a blank piece of paper or a plan blank of wood and see a thousand possibilities. I love working with my hands to make what my minds eye develops. I struggle with several disabilities but I have vowed to never, God willing, let them keep me from my goals and dreams.
I take pictures of my work and progress to show all of you kind people that your generosity was not wasted on me. I want you all to know and see how much you have touched my life and helped me move forward from my darkest of days.
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate
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Again, this is a junction where I continue to praise the Festool Track Saw. I cleaned up the edges of all the boards bordering the compass by simply laying the track down and setting the depth. The lines came out nice and crisp. I then ...
With all the joists leveled out it was time to start laying out the deck. I started with the points of the star. Here its all cut out but not screwed down. I used the Kreg Hidden Deck Fastener System. I really like the system! It...
Once I got the joists in I started on the framework for the compass. I really wanted it to be located in a place in the deck where it would be visible, not necessarily in the center of the since that is where the table and chairs would end up. I c...
This build was not a rational one what so ever! As most of you know I was/am up to my head in projects already; so why build a deck? There really is a simple answer. I love my wife and I want peace in my house!:). Theresa really wanted a deck, and...