Deck from a couple summers ago

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Project by ryno101 posted 08-01-2008 05:42 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Figured I’d put a post up that shows y’all the project that made me really think, “I can do this woodworking stuff”.

My sister needed a new deck. Her husband and I built this in the summer of 2006. It’s 22’ x 17’, with two staircases and a bench made out of the leftovers.

We spent a day on demo, a day on the supports, and finished construction in two days the following weekend. Total cost: Less than $750.

Designed in Sketchup, my first major project with that.

My biggest success for this was building it, considering that this was my first construction project, and my brother in law had never built a thing in his life. I also was meticulous about the materials list, and was able to get the project finished without a single piece of lumber longer than 4 feet left over, and we only had to make one trip to the lumber yard to pick up a single 12 foot 2×4!

Picture quality is not so hot… I took these with my cell phone.

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 08-01-2008 05:59 PM

wow that is fabulous…especially considering its your first major project…what materials (woods) did you use…and did you put a finish on it??

I just finished a deck with redwood on top…but have not finished it yet…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 08-01-2008 07:20 PM

Excellent work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 04:21 PM

nice deck

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#4 posted 08-11-2008 02:26 PM

Thanks, Napaman, jeanmarc and Krisztian.

It’s 100% Pressure Treated pine… we needed to keep the costs as low as possible, and because of that, had to get the least expensive possible… made getting the decking parallel a bit of a challenge, but I suppose that’s why they make 24” wrecking bars, right?

-- Ryno

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