|Project by MasterSergeant||posted 12-07-2015 04:56 PM||975 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I finally got my cedar porch! The third picture is the porch I hated from day one when we finished back in 2009. Late in Sept I took my sledgehammer to it and broke it down to floor and support beams.
I surrounded all the supports with cedar covers, picking the best knot and colors I could find locally. after all the cedar columns were in place we put in 2×4” cedar frames to support the screen fabric. Ended up with 12 panels of screening to enclose the porch.
We were going to pour concrete on the porch deck, but a friend of mine talked us out of that. He was worried about cracking and shifting. We opted to use concrete pavers with very fine sand between the joints, I think this was a great decision.
The door is cedar as well. I tried my hand at mortise and tenon joinery. I wasn’t as hard as I expected, just a lot of measuring and scribing. After cutting the mortises and tenons I pegged all the tenons in the mortises, they are not coming apart easily with those!
All the wood is protected by Penofin Red Label Premium cedar tint. I applied 3 + coats to all the surfaces inside and out. I’ve used Penofin for all my outdoors furniture and covering, I like it because it penetrates deep and stays on the wood for years and years.
Let me know what you think and what I could improve on!!
Merry Christmas to all!!!
-- Kelly, woodworker under construction