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Compass Deck #4: Refinement and Error

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 06-17-2016 11:47 AM 840 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 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!

Thanks for Reading.

More to Follow….

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



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 06-17-2016 12:14 PM

“When you’re up to your butt in alligators, it’s difficult to remember that your main objective was to drain the swamp”

Also… “Rome wasn’t built in a day”

Looking great so far ! Gonna be beautiful when it’s done.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 06-17-2016 01:51 PM

That deck is looking great. I really like your compasses.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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lew

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#3 posted 06-17-2016 02:24 PM

Awesome Job, Brother! As always, your attention to detail is remarkable.

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

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#4 posted 06-17-2016 03:36 PM

great idea on your deck looks very nice

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 06-17-2016 04:38 PM

Nate that deck is really looking awesome. I agree your attention to detail is outstanding. You are obviously doing it right and not just making due with a halfway effort. Well Done.

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#6 posted 06-17-2016 07:08 PM

really nice deck, your special touch is what really sets it apart, great job as always, so now its time to fire up the grill and get some rays…

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

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#7 posted 06-18-2016 12:39 AM

It’s been great watching your progress Nate. I think the older I get the less the OCD commands my life. Looking forward to the next installment brother.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#8 posted 06-18-2016 11:35 PM

That is a work of art Nate.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 06-20-2016 07:48 AM

Brother Joe, I like that Gator quote! I have also heard the Rome one too, thanks for sharing!

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

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#10 posted 06-20-2016 07:48 AM

Brother Johnston, thank you for the compliment on the star!

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

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#11 posted 06-20-2016 07:49 AM

Brother Lew, as always thank you for your encouragement!

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

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#12 posted 06-20-2016 07:50 AM

Brother GR8, Thank you for the kind words!

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

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#13 posted 06-20-2016 07:51 AM

Brother Burly, thank you. I do not want to do it again that is for sure.

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

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#14 posted 06-20-2016 07:52 AM

aBrother Grizz, thanks! Again you are a faith source of encouragement!

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

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#15 posted 06-20-2016 07:53 AM

Brother Bob K, Thank you. My dad has said the same thing. It will be interesting to see it happens for me:).

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

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