Patio/Deck Project

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Blog entry by knotscott posted 07-11-2011 03:56 PM 10204 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There hasn’t been much fine woodworking going on around here lately, but there’s been plenty of bullwork and tool usage. Yesterday I finally laid the last patio stone, installed the edging, added paver sand, and compacted the whole thing together. There’s still plenty of cleanup and landscaping to be done, but it’s officially a patio! This was a long time coming, as it required demolishing an old wooden shed to make room for the patio, building a new shed in a new location, removing the old swim deck, resurfacing and rebuilding the original deck, adding curved steps to the pool, and digging out the whole patio area. Would you believe me if I said I’m tired?!

It’s about 365 square feet (13.5’ x 24’, with an 6’x7’ alcove). There’s a 4” gravel base, and a 1.5” to 2” stone dust bed under the stones. The stones are a man-made concrete cobble paver purchased from Lowes. The plan is to build a pergola over most of the area, but there are a few projects ahead of that, so it’ll likely be fall at the earliest.

These are some of the “before/during” pics:

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 04:00 PM

Nice work, Scott.

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 04:05 PM

much better

looking forward to the pergola

and the first party
of course

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 05:13 PM

VERY NICE WORK, is the deck mostly pressure treated lumber? the stairs in the one pic look like cedar….

-- John Gray

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 05:35 PM

Thanks for the comments gang. John – the wood is all PT….some of it was salvaged from the old swim deck and planed down. The deck surface and the stairs are stained….we’ll likely stain the rails and skirt in a few weeks, but I kind of like the natural look mixed with the stained surfaces.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 07:36 PM

Looking good, Scott! I know pavers are more work than just setting them in place, I hope you had some help.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 03:42 AM

I know how much work that was but well worth the effort as it is beautiful. Must be cooler in NY than its been in OK OR you are one tough dude!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 04:44 AM

Thanks guys.

gfadvm – The weather was mixed…it was rainy and humid when I was moving gravel, but was pretty reasonable when I set the stone. I really hate hot humid weather…it’s amazing how much harder I work when it’s cool out.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 10:20 AM

Very nice and a big WELL DONE

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 07:45 PM

Hi I spotted the work you did on your stanley plane, do you have the full story on all the fine details you put int this transformation?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 02:50 AM

“Not much fine woodworking going on” are you kidding? That’s beautiful workmanship! I don’t dare let Judy see this or I am in big trouble! Nice touches and I’d call it fine, very fine!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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