Cedar Post Deck Railing

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Project by swirt posted 1569 days ago 5831 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using old “naturally harvested” (they fell down on their own) cedar logs I built deck posts that would support a stainless-steel cable railing.

It had three requirements:

1) It had to tie into the theme of my log home.
2) Not block our view of the lake when sitting down with a glass of wine
3) Keep my toddler from falling off the deck

The logs help offset the modern-ness of the stainless-steel cables. Cutting and drilling square to something that is not anywhere near square or perfectly round can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately the natural-ness of the posts makes it look ok if something is not perfectly straight.

The real beauty is sitting there, the cables just kind of melt away visually (as you can see in the last photo)

The how to’s of this building rustic deck railing are spelled out in the link.

-- Galootish log blog,

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#1 posted 1569 days ago


-- dumpster diver delux

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#2 posted 1569 days ago

Well done. So how do you get anything done with a deck and view like that?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#3 posted 1569 days ago

REALLY nice results. and i’m jealous of the view! Living in Vegas, i’d just like to see a lake for a change! haha.

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#4 posted 1569 days ago


@Jason, Whenever possible, I take my work outside :)
shaving on the deck

-- Galootish log blog,

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Rick Boyett

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#5 posted 1569 days ago

I dig it man.

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#6 posted 1568 days ago

Nice, I mean real nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 1568 days ago

Very well done and nice view!

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

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#8 posted 1568 days ago

Awesome use of fallen timber. We have so much of it from the winter snow storm. That is a fantastic idea. GREAT WORK!

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#9 posted 1567 days ago

Great project for your corner of paradise. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 1479 days ago

Easy ways to dress up your deck with a variety of post caps! Check it out!

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#11 posted 1434 days ago

nice :) i dig the subtle stainless steel cables and the sturdy cedar posts. great job!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#12 posted 1204 days ago

This is a green deck, indeed. You can also make variations depending on what you personally prefer. Get other deck building tips and materials from

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