|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 11-04-2012 08:15 PM||7137 views||1 time favorited||22 comments|
This is my first woodworking project of any size for which I bought my first saw- a Craftsman 10” radial arm saw ( which I still have). We bought this house in Grand Rapids and it had an old above ground pool.
We had to first tear the pool down and then rebuild the framework under it and put in a new liner.Then I wanted a pool deck that totally enclosed it with inner edge rail sections that were removable in case you needed to replace the liner at a later date. The 4th pictures show the top rails of the pool frame exposed like they would be when the inner section are removed.
The above pictures were from slides. I projected the slides on a screen and took pictures of the slides with a digital camera so they are not the best quality.
The pool was 16’ x 32’ to give an idea of the size of the project. The first thing we did in the rebuild process was to build a retaining wall because the dirt was up against the old pool on the one end. Then I made cement forms and poured concrete slabs to put the main supports on. The side walls were repainted and I added a lot of reinforcement to the frame before we installed the sidewall and liner.
The deck was built with a double row of posts and beams for the floor joists and you can see the mitered pattern we planned for the floor. All the boards were screwed on the ends to try to minimize warping of the treated wood. We used the pool during the build process and had a lot of parties there before the deck was completed. After the deck was done, the railing was made to match the railing I made for the deck off the kitchen which I don’t have any pictures of anywhere.
This was a fun project because the whole family worked on it especially my son and his friends. They hauled a lot of sand to the back yard and drove in a lot of nails.
Here is what it looked like when we bought it:
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