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Project by Roz posted 1999 days ago 6107 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In early October I decided it was time to replace the old rear stairs to the back porch on our circa 1860’s home/project. The first blow of the sledge brought the old porch down and revealed rotten seals under the kitchen and porch. Then it was emergency repair time!
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Repaired it looked better.
Photobucket Once done, I started on the porch with a hired helper. At the end of the first day, my wife came home, surveyed the work, and came unglued. It was not what she had in mind and it had to go.
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The next day I added the deck. She again came home and decided, “This might be ok”.
A few more days passed and the stairs were on and she said, “I think I’ll like this”.
A week passed and I had the handrails made and up and she declared, “I love it”. The bench on the end sealed the deal. I added a roof over the door to shed water away. I will be adding a rain chain at the end of the gutter and I will make an oak screen door fashioned after the bench back. This summer we will (me) paint it all and it will be done. All the post are resting on concrete so no wood is in contact with soil.
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I made the hand rails beveling the top of 2×4’s on the table saw and rounding over the bottom side to produce a traditional shape. The bottom rail got a bevel and a center channel to accept a 3×4 inch baluster. I borrowed the baluster design from the front porch columns and the traditional “gingerbread” work used in many old houses. The combination of ideas produced a railing that is open and suits the details of the house. The bench is in an Adirondack style with a back designed to echo the railing design. It is bolted to the end of the deck and serves as the railing.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."





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woodworm

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#1 posted 1999 days ago

That’s alot of work and you did it very very well. The hand rails and the posts are really great, nice design.
No wonder she love it…...didc’t she say she love the maker?...LOL

Great job Roz.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1999 days ago

Good looking work, Roz!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dustygirl

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#3 posted 1999 days ago

Looks good Roz.Nice job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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Roz

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#4 posted 1999 days ago

I forgot to point out the sissor brackets holding up the roof over the door. I copied the design from a framing detail on the towns old railroad station, now being used as the Livingston town hall.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#5 posted 1999 days ago

Nice job , Roz.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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GaryBuck

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#6 posted 1820 days ago

Nice,very very nice looks great and I’m so glad you posted this I’ve been having trouble finding what I want to put on the front of my kitchen cabinet that we are in the process of redoing and after seeing what you did with the top rail out of 2×4 I thought BAM thats close to what I’ve been looking for so with a little tweak here and there my problem is solved Many thanks you have helped me a bunch. Thanks again and great job on the house, you need to come to my house I’ll put ya to work L.O.L.

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Roz

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#7 posted 1820 days ago

Glad you liked it.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Roz

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#8 posted 1819 days ago

I finally finished it. Had to find some motivation for painting. I built a Red Oak screen door and stained the completed deck and wanted to share some pictures with you all.Photobucket
I think the colors really bring out the detail in the railings. I learned a hard lesson on this project. After spending a lot of time making sure the joints in the bench were tight and would not show the wood I used, Pressure treated pine shrank about a half inch in length and width. This could have ruined the project. Next time I will only use Pressure treated lumber where necessary.
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painted porch

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1816 days ago

Looks good Terry

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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