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Cumaru Deck (or a woodworker scales up)

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Project by AnthonyC posted 12-15-2015 02:20 PM 547 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Replaced a rotting 30 year old deck with a smaller new one made out of Cumaru. Cumaru is a Brazilian hardwood similar to Ipe, but with a more inconsistent grain pattern and color. In my area it is half the price, though, so I went for it.

Pressure treated structure. Stainless hardware. Plugged the deck surface screws, did color match screws on the stairs for light/hardware maintenance in the future.

Pyramid stairs to match tiered patio. Went with a pillowed “open miter” to hide the wood movement and not trap moisture. Stair risers were cut long an had a pillowed edge to hide substructure movement as well.

I had a solid L bracket under the rails, so I did that miter tight with biscuits with screws from below to help hold it together.

Cumaru is murder on tools. Went through 5, 1/8” drill bits, 2 jigsaw blades, 2 circular saw blades, and my Forrest chopmaster will need to be resharpened now. Chisels lasted about an hour before needing extra sharpening.

But I’m happy with the results and the inspector was impressed and signed off yesterday.

Still need to oil it and put the lattice on, but those will probably have to wait until spring.

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.





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#1 posted 12-15-2015 04:13 PM

Great work, it’s beautiful. Sometimes our tool’s take a beating. Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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