Curved Deck

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Project by MarkRhodes posted 07-29-2011 08:08 AM 9380 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this deck at the beginning of last summer, it goes around a curved cornered swim-spa. The tight radii at the top of the stairs and around the corner of the deck, were the most trying with quite a few failures.

-- All the best Mark,

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 08:51 AM

Nicely done. I’d say that tried your patience.
Can you buy decking planks that are curved around 90 deg’s like the ones in pic 2 (front up-right panels)
or did you bend them yourself ?

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 01:47 PM

I’ll even admit to swearing a wee bit, in answer to your question about buying curved sections of decking that are pre-curved, no you can’t buy them. I had to form them myself, and yes there was a bit of firewood at the end of the project so that was nice.

-- All the best Mark,

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 01:53 PM

Nice work Mark ! It really looks great !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 02:01 PM

Looks great. I’ve got to ask how you did the bends though. I have not done that before an I have hinted to my wife that I will be bending some wood this fall for a landscaping project.

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 03:54 PM

Very cool… I have recently become more and more interested in curved pieces just because its out of the normal. I think Im starting to become a gluton for punishment because every project I take on is increasingly difficult. Bending wood is always fun because it opens up a new dimension. Good job. Did you kerf cut to bend the boards or steam them? I cant quite tell what wood species you used but it looks like pressure treated pine which is almost impossible to steam bend. I would like to hear how you accomplished the bends if you dont mind sharing. Thanks!

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 10:32 PM

Awesome job! In addition to the craftmanship, it has nice color too!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#7 posted 07-29-2011 11:58 PM

cool man. worth the effort!

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#8 posted 07-30-2011 03:40 AM

Beautiful design and we can truly see the craftsmanship in your work. It would be helpful to disclose a little more detail on your techniques. I would also be interested in your finish and care going forward and how it holds up to the elements in say, 5+ years. Again, nice work.

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#9 posted 07-30-2011 06:54 AM

Thank you guys, all the radii were done using the same method. I basically used saw kerfs, soaked the lengths in water in a barrel, enseled the kerfs, then applied PU adhesive to the kerfs when I placed them around the forms. You MUST have knot free timber for the areas that are being formed. Its all pressure treated Southern yellow pine, so should hold up well. The client applied a horrible chocolate brown finish, which does seem to be protecting it well, but the color depresses me each time I see it. I go round once a year to check its holding up OK, and to remind the home owner to pressure wash the deck and apply more of the chocolate colored oil.

The Wip is here if your interested.

-- All the best Mark,

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#11 posted 08-02-2011 05:00 AM

I second that. Awesome!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#12 posted 08-08-2011 11:16 PM

Cool deck. The curves, although they were a pain, is what sets it apart from what you see every where else.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 08-23-2011 04:57 PM

Beautiful deck… I was scraching my head how you bent the wood till i read how you did it, so simple… I bet everyone asks… Thanks Ed

-- Ed Port Republic

#14 posted 09-17-2011 09:06 AM

Very interesting project ,Mark !!!


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#15 posted 05-06-2012 07:03 AM

Precision stairs with all the planking lining up. easy on the eyes and so very hard to do. Well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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