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 can honestly say I didn’t do a bunch of number crunching, I just did what felt right.
I also new that the points of the star where going to be a very busy place so I wanted to use wide blocks for adequate support and screwing surface.
As I said before I didn’t do a lot of calculations. I went with my gut. I used my favorite saw, the Festool 55, to cut one of each leg of the compass to help me lay out the correct location of all the blocking! I seriously love this saw! It has helped me do so much! I cannot thank Festool enough!!!
The light grey and brown are Choice Deck from Lowes. The dark grey is Trek from Lowes as well. I won’t get into which is better here. I simply needed a variety of color.
The blocking between the first two joists are for the apron that surrounds the deck. There are two runs that run in the opposite direction as the rest of the deck.
There was a lot of angle cutting in compass blocking! Most I did with my sliding miter saw, but some were so acute that I needed to go old school.
After I finished framing out the compass I moved on the complete all the blocking of the joists.
Once all the blocking was in, I used my Rockwell planer to go around and level out all the high spots. It is amazing how much a wet 2×12 will move!!!!
More to follow…..
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate