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Compass Deck #3: Decking

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 06-05-2016 04:28 PM 904 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 is very well designed and thought through. You do have to be careful you do not over bore your pocket holes or over drive your screws. The composite decking can also shift so it is easy to run out of square and true, but that is not the systems fault, it is a by product of working with the decking.

Once I got the first few points screwed down I started on the apron.

I didn’t square up the compass because I wanted it to pop visually. That bent it was going to be a lot of cutting and fitting. Again, the Festool Plunge Saw really allowed me to do this so much easier than any other method!

I used a 2×10 as a my table support and cut all my boards on that with the tracks on top.

As you can probably tell, the ends closest to the compass are irregular. I cut them so that once every thing was down I could go back with the track saw and make one nice straight line. Thats much easier than trying to line up every board.

I cannot boast that I did it all on my own. I had help! It was nice that when my wife was feeling better she came out and helped a few times, and of coarse my elves helped. We got Kale a Rockwell Thrill for Christmas. (I have to say that little thing is super powerful) He loves working.

And work continues!

Here you can see the deflection I mentioned earlier. The Choice Decking tended to compress or bend if I or Theresa were not careful in how we screwed the board down. It would tend to pinch the spacers of the Kreg jig which should have been a big clue to me something wasn’t going right. I ended up with a 1/4 in deflection/variation. I had to go back to the third row and fix each variated spot in each run! NOT FUN!! I HATE DOING THINGS TWICE!!! But as I said this is not the Kreg jigs fault, it is actually the decks fault. I don’t believe I would have had this problem with wood or even the Trex as it was a much harder material.

Once it was fixed it was much better and was much smoother sailing from then on. I also forgot to mention That I routed a round over on the exposed edge of all the ends of each board. Life is in the details.

With the compass decking completed now is the time to go back with the track saw and router and clean it up!

Thank you for reading!!

More to Follow…

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate



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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 06-05-2016 04:37 PM

Nate,
Great to see you back in action.
She’s going to be a beauty. I really like the Compass Star detail and the contrasting colors are the icing on the cake.

Best Regards to you and your family. – Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 06-05-2016 05:39 PM

As with your other work! LOOKS GREAT!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-05-2016 05:41 PM

Nate, that is really coming together nicely. Keep at man. You’ll have done in no time.

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lew

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#4 posted 06-05-2016 06:06 PM

Super Job, Brother! This is going to be a great place to relax on those cool summer evenings.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-05-2016 06:32 PM

I have built a few decks in my time Nate, but nothing anywhere nearly as nice as yours. Really beautiful, especially with that compass star. Great to see your young one included in a project that he will be equally proud of!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 06-05-2016 10:45 PM

Brother Len, Thank you for your encouragement! You have always been so kind!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 06-05-2016 10:47 PM

Brother Doc, you are way to generous! But thank you! I do strive to do all things as if I am doing them for the King. I often say to myself, “If He were coming to inspect it, would he be happy with my work, with my effort?”

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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bladedust

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 12:31 AM

Nate, I have been on this site for several years just enjoying the level of craftsmanship from many folks here that I know I can never achieve, as time will not allow me (1-2 hours of shop timer per month…if I’m lucky). Out of all the folks that are gracious enough to post their work and share their knowledge, yours is one of the ones I’ve particularly admired. Glad to see you back in action and knocking out of the park, as always. You are truly an inspiration!

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#9 posted 06-06-2016 12:42 AM

a lot of work here nate, its so special as it has your custom touch.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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htl

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#10 posted 06-06-2016 03:37 AM

Would have been a nice enough deck without the star but this really make it special.
Some thing to love for years and years as it’s build heavy duty for sure.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 06-06-2016 04:29 AM

Nate,

The details are really making this a spectacular deck. The contrasting colors are particularly nice. You’ll have to let us know after a few years if any of the colors fade from the sunshine.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 06-06-2016 02:24 PM

Brother Burly, Thank you brother! I have a very bad habit of getting things “almost there” or “half finished with the intention of finishing!” My brothers have it to, we call it the Meadows curse. :)

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#13 posted 06-06-2016 02:30 PM

Brother Lew, thanks for the encouragement! Aha, you have narrow done on the problem. The sun bakes the deck all day and by the evening it is right at eye level. Now T wants/needs a pergola :).

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 06-06-2016 02:32 PM

Brother Stefang, you are to hard on yourself! My youngest, Kale, loves to work with his hands.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#15 posted 06-06-2016 02:36 PM

Brother Bladedust, That is a tremendously kind thing to say! Thank you! I am sorry you don’t get more time in the shop to make sawdust. There are times I can identify, but only times…it rolls around where I get back out there again. Thank you again for your encouragement!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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