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 followed that up by rounding over the edges. I did not want sharp edges on a surface bare feet would be on very frequently. I had to order a special 1/8in Amana Round Over bite with a small bronze bushing brazed on to the the end. As a standard 1/4inch bit was too wide! I also used the Rockwell mutlitool to cut the very tight corners out where the circular blade of the Festool would not reach. I have to say, I love the multitool! Another awesome tool that I will forever be thankful for!
I cut the lines around the dark grey points a little to wide but I don’t think it ruined it. However, my OCD for perfection drives me crazy. If I would have had money for more decking I would have fixed it.:)
Of course, I couldn’t be a hard taskmaster for to long. It was really hot and whats a pool for if they can’t swim in it. I built a sprinkler system so they had even more fun than normal. But if anyone knows me they know I don’t like getting wet, nor do I like my tools getting wet, so I had to remind them to not splash to much. Besides, we are in a drought and filing the pool with the lost water takes a lot and a long time. But I understand kids will be kids and it was awesome to see them having fun! With the deck up even thus far they could finally get into the pool without having to walk through weeds, dirt and grass.
I cut the edges off of the edges of the brown Choice Decking, and used them as an accent before putting up the apron. I would have liked to add a small strip of the Dark Grey Trek Decking but our budget was already maxed out…so I made due:).
It took me all of summer and almost all of the fall to get the decking done! I am only 35, but having the injuries I do it really gets in the way of production. But then again, if were without malady I would be working and the deck would have taken the same amount of time:). My dad always says, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” Its true, anything worth doing takes time and effort. If you rush it gets all messed up. Another quote but I don’t know from whom, “Slow and steady wins the race” Anyway, I am pleased with most of the results.
The longterm plan is to make the deck three times bigger going along the side of the house and then around to the front.
That is why I got away with using this odd board here at the end and I left a few inches to attach the rest of the decking.
You can tell the season has changed, look at the pool. No swimming in that! Honestly I hate taking care of a pool! They are time vacuums!
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-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate