|Project by richgreer||posted 04-25-2012 08:43 PM||2597 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I just completed building this small deck for a friend. The decking material and the railings are made of a composite material with a hidden screw mounting system. This was my first time working with this composite material. I’m impressed by how hard this material is. It sawed like a hardwood. My finishing nail gun would not penetrate the material until I cranked the air pressure up to 110 psi. I normally use it around 90 psi.
As an FYI regarding the material – - Even when securely screwed down, the boards will still slide in their mounts if hit on an end. I put a single finishing nail through each board (in an inconspicuous location) to prevent the boards from sliding.
A unique feature is that I resawed some of this decking material, making pieces 3/8” thick and used that material to make treads for the steps.
I will add that the strange “box” you see under the lower step is bolted directly to a concrete pylon. There are also pylons under each post. I also bolted the steps to the deck. Yea – It’s solid.
The owner wanted a solid, maintenance-free deck. I think she has that.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.