Napaman's Deck Project #4: Finished without finishing!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 07-28-2008 02:24 AM 1072 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…today we finished the deck and I am really pleased with how it turned out…I had been worried about the wood…since I have never done anything like this before I was worried that with each passing day the wood was warping in the sun…

SO yesterday—-in the hottest part of the day (dumb) we got started with the goal to see if using clamps to bend back the bows wood work…and if that worked then we would set up to go earlier in the day (today and do the rest)...

We clamped down 3 boards at a time, drilled pilot holes, counter sink and then screwed in the deck screws…

After the first row I gave up on the counter sink and just went with the two drill process since the screw heads were sinking on their own…

It went great…at full length we could only do 6 boards before we needed to re-set the clamps…so
I had to use a 2×4 to re-set the clamp…to do this i would take two screws out and use those holes to set the 2×4 as a brace for the clamps…this process worked really well…it only took a few hours and all the wood straighted up with the clamping process…

The biggest problem of the day is when we ran out of deck screws…so a run to the box was needed when we got down to 2 boards…

Check out all the EXTRA WOOD…if you didnt see the other blog entries then you didnt read that HD messed up when they took my order for wood…since we dont have a truck we had them deliver and they gave me 16 footers instead of 12 footers—-and this was free to me…

The extra wood will go for a bench on the deck and some planters on the edge…

Oh…the “river” I dug out…will be filled with gravel and river rock on top drains to a pipe and BIG pit of gravel located under the deck…if we still get flooding in our yard I have a sump pump as a third layer for this process…

Thanks for following the process…this was a big one for me…lots of first time stuff…but it was definitely a whole family effort…my step-son Isaac was awesome all week…and sarah helped a lot with the deck top the last couple days…




-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-29-2008 06:36 AM

Looks good. Nice to have a bit extra wood to do other projects with.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 07-29-2008 10:08 PM

Beautiful work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 03:02 AM

Thats right now you have some supplies for one man’s trash is ???.

Matt it looks great a nice job.

I’m sure that you wife likes the redwood more that the green stuff.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 04:50 AM


Great looking deck!! The whole family will enjoy using it and reminiscing about the time they spent making it!

Still lots of summer left!!


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

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 11:51 PM

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