Gave up our garden for a deck... Hurricane Irma made me do it.

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Project by woodshaver Tony C posted 12-06-2017 12:46 AM 4247 views 0 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been awhile since I posted a project. I’ve been really busy getting things back to normal.
A Lightning strike hit in our front yard and killed one of our nice Queen palm trees on Aug 31st; I had to remove the palm and fix the lawn. Then a week later Hurricane Irma caused some damage. She blew over a tree in our garden and made a big mess around the yard. I decided to eliminate the garden and build a deck in that spot. We also lost roof shingles and screening in the lini.
So this is how the deck turned out. I made the privacy fence w/lattice work using Dog Eared fence boards. I put Walmart’s solar landscape light on top of the 4 post for a nice night time glow. Next spring I’ll stain the deck after the PT wood dries out.
Hope you like it.

Update; I was asked if the latticework could be done by a newbie. I added a last photo to show how I attached the 1/2” X 1 3/4” lattice strips to the 2”X4” farming.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 12:59 AM

Very nice work Tony.

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 01:02 AM

Great looking deck Tony and I love the at night picture .
Enjoy the the work you put into this beautiful spot .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 01:03 AM

Looks nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 01:30 AM

Looks like a well deserved rest and a coldie on the new deck is in order after all the work.

The uprooted tree just shows the amount of power behind Irma, thats a massive tree root system to get up rooted for what looks to be a young tree.

Enjoy many hours!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 01:51 AM

Looks pretty darn comfy. Glad you made it through the storm.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 02:34 AM

Tony that looks really nice. Good recovery from the storm.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 02:44 AM

Kinda like design by Murphy. Came out looking good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-06-2017 02:59 AM

Tony that looks awesome !!! When life deals you lemons it’s time to make lemonade!!! It turned out great and glad you guys are ok otherwise

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#9 posted 12-06-2017 03:12 AM

Thanks for the nice comments Jim, Klaus, Art, Robert, Monte, swirt, Tom and Ed.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 12-06-2017 03:16 AM

Well done, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#11 posted 12-06-2017 03:28 AM

Thank you mariva

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 12-06-2017 03:31 AM

Well done, looks great!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 12-06-2017 03:58 AM

Good looking deck, Tony. Those hurricanes have a way of moving you to do things!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 12-06-2017 05:01 AM

It looks great Tony. Maybe we can sit and talk shop there next time. It looks better than the picture you sent me. Maybe it’s the overcast day. I noticed the one dark board in the middle, a stain test piece ? The fence looks great with the two color scheme, maybe the same for the deck somehow.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 12-06-2017 05:02 AM

That came out great Tony!
Your craftsmanship stands out in that deck through and through!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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