front porch makeover

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Project by DustyInOhio posted 08-04-2014 08:56 PM 1184 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me give you some back ground….my father had about 700 2×4s cut between 13 and 15 inches long…I won’t bother getting into why….when I would go visit I would constantly drive away pondering what to do with this pile of seemingly useless “fire wood”. I pulled into my driveway and looked at my ugly concrete front porch, then it hit me. After about 5 rough sketches, this is what I came up with. All of the 2×4s needed ripped to 3” wide and cut to 12” long. IT TOOK A VERY LONG TIME. I am aware that this is not fine wood working, however it was a labor of love. Despite its many imperfections (primarily my unwillingness to plain over 400 boards to the same thickness) I am very proud of my 3 week journey. If you want a deck that no one else has or is willing to piece together…HERE IT IS. Thanks for looking.

-- saw, sand, finish, repeat

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 09:10 PM

Wow that was alot of work!i like the way it looks and i bet no one else has a porch like that!

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 01:19 PM

I love stuff like this, and I disagree that it’s not fine woodworking. Sure, the joint tolerances don’t need to be as tight as a piece of cabinetry, but it took a designer’s eye and a woodworker’s passion to transform a pile of cutoffs into a beautiful porch. Great job!

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 02:05 PM

That’s very attractive.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 04:31 PM

I really like it! It looks “fine” to me. I have long been fascinated by the end-grain floors that some have done.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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