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Forum topic by HITMAN posted 06-17-2009 03:36 AM 710 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2009 03:36 AM

I’m working on a 15 by 15 deck using IPE. I decided to frame the deck like a picture frame rather than just letting the deck boards hang over the facia with ends exposed, or pulling the facia up to cover the ends. At any rate, does anyone know how to make sure the last board (outside end of picture frame) doesn’t have to be ripped to half or less of the 5.5 inch deck board width. I can’t imagine having to lay out all the boards from middle of deck to last board just to check the spacing. ?Any suggestions.

Thanks. Darby

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 03:43 AM

Yes. I’m about 1/4 of the way out from the house, heading towards the end. I figured about 30 5.5 inch deck boards would get me to where I need to be, but the spacking between IPE boards is only 1/16 inch. Now I think I’m going to be way off.

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#2 posted 06-17-2009 03:52 AM

As of tonight, I have 10 boards screwed down, and the average gap is 1/16”. Every source I checked indicated IPE shrinks up about 1/16” per board. Thanks for the help. Looks like I’m ripping one. Or maybe when I get within 2 or 3 boards of the end, I could trim each one a little bit to make them all look close, without obviously making them too small.

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#3 posted 06-17-2009 04:05 AM

i made a story strip that i use to mark every other joist with and after that run i check with string line and adjust .
regardless of the milling process there are differences and they show up as you go along . “tweek where necesary .
as you get to last six boards or more space them as needed to get right .
remember that every board is going to shrink differently any way .
another way is to start at the out side and work your way in and scribe last board against bldg , even if it is next size up in width .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-17-2009 04:05 AM

Hay Darby
Another alteritive is to rip sverial boards to have a larger perimater board about an 1/8” would add 4” to daves 2” board which is a bit to much, This aproach is much harder since Ipe is such a hard material. You could also tack on an additional rim joist to add an additional 1 1/2” along the out side edge.

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#5 posted 06-18-2009 04:16 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded. I got 5 more 16 footers screwed down tonight, and I’m almost to the halfway point. I will definitely try to keep the outside board full size so the mitered corners don’t get all messed up, and I’ll probably just lay out the final 6 boards and trim inner ones as needed to get it close. I like the idea of starting on the outside board and working towards the house, but its way to late for that. Thanks. darby

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