Cedar Porch and Screen Door

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 12-07-2015 04:56 PM 1354 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 06:42 PM

That is a super nice enclosure!!!!!!!


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#2 posted 12-07-2015 06:52 PM

I think you will be asking for problems with the pavers. Since pavers hold onto the moisture, I think the underlayment will rot quickly, even if pressure treated from not drying out.

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 11:30 PM

A good place for summer evenings!


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#4 posted 12-07-2015 11:50 PM

looks good but i gotta agree with woodchucker on the pavers your gonna regret doing that and even if you put down decking youve got plywood subfloor that will need to be removed first.hopefully you live in a dry area.

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#5 posted 12-08-2015 04:12 AM

You sure transformed that into a nice relaxing area. I can see why you didn’t like the original. Nice work.

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 02:47 PM

Wow that’s an eye popping build. Your going to enjoy that for sure.

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#7 posted 12-08-2015 03:45 PM

Kelly, this really looks nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-08-2015 03:57 PM

I agree with you. The new version is MUCh better. And I LOVE that door !

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 05:36 PM

Very nice. Enclosed porches are always nice.

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