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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-04-2012 08:15 PM 2541 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 09:58 PM

Looks good ,those irregular shape decks can be tough.

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 10:32 PM

Jim, I did the same thing many years ago around an above ground pool.
I can appreciate the amount of work in your deck.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 11:17 PM

WOW, Jim!

That is a tremendous project!

... and you did a fantastic job of it!

Looks great!

The deck design looks like it may have from one of DeGooses cutting boards or something… LOL
... just kidding…
Looks GREAT!

Thank you for showing it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Roger

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 11:45 PM

Nice place to entertain

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 12:05 AM

Yep A lot of work JIm in getting it just right, well done, nice set out for the deck
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 01:09 AM

Yes, Tony , it was a lot of work but I was 25 yrs younger. I could still do it but It would take twice as long and I’d have to take 2 days off for every one I worked with that heavy wood!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 01:38 AM

I’m glad you finally got around to posting it…

Quite the project 25 years ago! Yep, know what you mean! Things change don’t they?! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 02:05 AM

Yes, Joe. We are not getting any younger. This project made me get my first saw and I used it for ripping, cross cutting and dadoing. I saw another project posted by a guy that made it in the 80’s and I though I should post the project that got me started. I was a metal working guy mostly and then I got the RAS and things changed.
I can’t count the woodworking tools I have now!!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 04:26 AM

Someone realy enjoyed. Just, I don’t know who enjoyed more.Those taking bath in swimmingpool or the one who built this deck.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 07:36 AM

And I thought we were going to see a piture of the saw

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 10:24 AM

That’s a great job of turning a sows ear into a silk purse!

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#12 posted 11-05-2012 10:45 AM

You were still working flat out 25 years ago, great work Jim and nice to look back on.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#13 posted 11-05-2012 11:43 AM

Great looking redo on the deck Jim. Sure glad you had some help…..... The older we get the bigger the bigger the projects seem to be. Looks like it came out Great!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 11-05-2012 02:50 PM

Looks great. I can hardly wait when we build our pool deck. My husband keeps telling me that I can’t have a pool though.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 11-05-2012 05:22 PM

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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