|Project by richgreer||posted 04-15-2012 06:02 PM||1736 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
This is not a new project. I completed this about 13 years ago. Nonetheless, it looks as good as the day I built it and I thought some may find it interesting.
First I built a somewhat elaborate deck. It has 3 levels and 3 different “spaces”. I used ipé as my decking material. I liked the ipé so much that I ordered more material and built some furniture.
In the first picture you see a couple of Adirondack chairs setting in our “wine drinking” space. We love to sit there, listening to the birds, watching the woodsy backyard and drinking wine. The second picture is a small table in the same space.
The third picture is from our outdoor dining space. That bench is more than just a bench. It is also a railing to protect us from falling to the space below. It’s about 8’ down to the lower level of the deck behind this bench.
The 4th picture is of a free standing park bench that is also in the dining space.
FInally, to get a feel for the 2 upper levels, the fifth picture is taking from the dining space looking back at the wine drinking space. You will note that I put in a metal spiral staircase to the lower level.
The lower level is now a wood storage space since it is right outside of the walkout basement where the shop is.
This deck and these pieces of furniture is evidence of what you can do with very limited tools. At the time I made all of this my only power tools were: circular saw, jig saw, router and hand held drill and all were cheap, low quality tools. I didn’t even have a table saw or miter saw.
You may note that there is no table in the dinning space. That shortcoming will be rectified this year.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.