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09-07-2011 05:23 PM

Big Box Cedar - Just How Bad Can It Be??? - 23 replies

Just wondering something guys – I had a delivery of 5/4 deck cedar from a big box (orange) store, and as I sift through it there is more that I don’t want to use, than use. Am I being too picky? Here are some pics. ok, in this one there are marks that are consistent through more than half of the boards. I guess it’s from...

08-19-2011 04:15 AM

Deck miters - make them tight or leave a gap? - 16 replies

Hi, In preparing to put some picture frame borders around my deck, it occurred to me that instead of dealing with the possibility of miters opening, it might be better to gap them – just like the gap between the boards. Anyone done this? Would you? I bought the Kreg jig, and the minimum 1/4 inch space is a little bigger than I wan...

08-18-2011 01:04 PM

Anyone ever pre finished their decking before installation? - 6 replies

Today sees the arrival of my 56 lengths of cedar for the newly built deck frame. I was wondering, has anyone finished the boards before installing them? My thoughts on this are twofold: 1. I can apply the finished on all sides of the boards. The very low level of the deck will not allow access from beneath, so once the wood is screwed do...

08-16-2011 08:41 PM

How to do that "Feature Strip"? Is that it's name??? - 3 replies

Hi all, I want to divide my “now in construction” deck down the middle with what seems to be referred to as a “feature strip” – running this strip out from the house wall. (the joists run left to right) My question is twofold. 1. What is the best route to take here? I will be using cedar, and I had it in my mi...

08-08-2011 05:01 AM

What the heck is wrong with my table saw??? - 28 replies

Hi all, so, I have made myself a saw station, got my Porter Cable table saw that I bought a few months ago off of the wheeled base and onto my own custom (and six inches lower!) base. I then added the Vega Pro 50’ fence system, a zero clearance insert, and a Micro Jig MJ Splitter. The blade is a pretty new WoodWorker 2. So far so go...

08-03-2011 09:28 PM

How do you join a rim beam? - 5 replies

Hi guys, I had been having some discussions in another thread, but I think it ran out of steam! :-) So I hope it’s ok to start over with a couple of questions. So: 1. What is the best (accepted) way to join beams together? My lumber arrives tomorrow, 2×8’s. I have a 20’ ledger that I am assuming is ok to butt ...

07-31-2011 11:38 PM

Will this foundation work? - 14 replies

Maybe I should have posted this in a previous deck topic I created – different question though. :-) I have been very indecisive about what to do with my deck replacement. The old one was rotten, and had previously been repaired (or so it looks like) Here is a couple of pics to show how bad it was. The third image shows one of the f...

07-27-2011 06:04 PM

A couple of deck questions. - 6 replies

So, as I contemplate the deck I have to build to replace the now removed rotten one, some question are bubbling up – maybe someone can help? My first thought is size. Should I keep my deck to say a 12 foot projection and use 12 foot boards, or does going out to 14 feet complicate the issue? And what about thickness? Boards that are ...

07-24-2011 01:32 AM

My new fav tool is a tape measure!!!! - 14 replies

I can’t believe it – I have been won over by a tape measure. Whilst in the Rockler store this morning I noticed that the guy doing the demo was using a very flat tape measure, so i decided to investigate. I never feel that the typical steel measure with it’s cupped shape is accurate enough – especially when you have...

07-19-2011 12:45 AM

Can I flatten my new worktop? - 4 replies

Hi all, so, I made a 27” x 50” work surface to sit to the right of my table saw – the materials were 3/4 ply and 3/4 MDF screwed and glued, and top and bottom surfaces laminated. I had some nice Rosewood left over from my floor, and that made the edging. (about 1 inch thick) Upon installation I find that the surface is n...

06-09-2011 11:03 PM

Why wont the WoodWorker 2 slide onto the arbor? - 10 replies

Hi All, I am a complete newbie around here, and somewhat of a newbie overall. :-) But I am getting my stuff together, and looking forward to having some woodworking fun! I bought a Porter Cable table saw, the PCB280TS. It seems to do what I want, but after about a month there was an issue when a gear wheel came loose. Lowes swapped o...


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