|Project by elschaefer||posted 10-29-2012 09:08 PM||8547 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
This is my first deck project, and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. It’s 12’ x 12’ and cantilevers off the hillside. The challenge was that I couldn’t put any sort of anchors into the ground near the oak tree because I couldn’t disturb the roots and the topsoil. I ended up having two concrete footings poured for the two 6×6 posts, then set the unsupported end of the beams on top of a bed of gravel so that water draining down the hillside wouldn’t sit around the beams and cause them to rot. Unfinished in the photos is the trough between the end of the deck and the dirt around the tree. I’m going to fill it with more gravel, then finish off the top with some red rocks to match the deck that will fill the area around the tree as well as the space between the deck and the tree. I also haven’t put a finish on the deck yet as it was only completed a few weeks ago. Any suggestions of a good clear or translucent finish that would help bring out the natural beauty of the redwood would be greatly appreciated.
You may notice that I pinned the mitered corners on the top rail of the railings with dowels. I was concerned about the wood warping over the years and thought adding 1/2” birch dowels through the joint would help keep the joints closed and looking good. We’ll see if I’m right!
In the second photo is my younger brother who was helping me build the frame. The deck was for our mother, recently she’s gotten into potting succulents and needed a space to do her potting that was outdoors and in the shade but far enough away from the house that she wouldn’t make too much of a mess. Next up will be a table for her potting needs that will wrap around the tree.
Thoughts, criticism, etc. would be welcomed!