|Forum topic by Hugh Anderson||posted 08-16-2011 08:41 PM||780 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
08-16-2011 08:41 PM
I want to divide my “now in construction” deck down the middle with what seems to be referred to as a “feature strip” – running this strip out from the house wall. (the joists run left to right) My question is twofold.
1. What is the best route to take here? I will be using cedar, and I had it in my mind that I would rip down a board to maybe a couple of inches wide and use that. My main concern was leveling a long thin strip along a 12 foot length, and keeping it from twisting on perhaps less than perfect 2×8 edges.
2. What is the best order of fitting? Strip then decking, or decking and then dropping the strip in?
Actually, I had another thought, maybe you guys will tell me that this is crazy. I thought about using a full width board, and cutting two grooves into it with the table saw, maybe about 3/4 of the way through. This would make it look like three strips of timber, with the lines perfectly matched.
I then considered drilling a series of small holes into the bottom of the saw kerfs to allow for drainage. Being down in the kerf, these holes should not be obvious. Thoughts?
Anyway, thank you in advance for any replies!