Park Model Deck #1: Unconventional Park Model Deck

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 02-23-2015 01:54 AM 4329 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This year the project for our park model was a new deck. This grouping of photos show how I built it- but not the conventional way. I designed it to have drawers below for storage and wanted the railing on the outside of the deck the carpet could be easily changed in the future.

Here is what we started with:

I used my laser mount ( to set the level line to start:

And then I built small rectangles with 2×4”s and connected top and bottom, front and back with long 2×4’s This gave me more clearance for the drawers.

Drawer bottoms are dadoed in and roll on lawn mower wheels.

Railings are doweled and screwed in from the bottom.

Skirting is on drawer fronts to match the rest of the deck.

Handles for the drawers are mesquite.

All ground contact wood is treated. The deck is covered with cdx plywood and has indoor outdoor carpeting . The finish on the railing is Olympic Navahoe white stain.

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

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 01:58 AM

Super cool!! Wonderful!! Amazing!! Brilliant!! And well done!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 03:15 AM

Very nicely done. Those are some excellent drawers. I’m sure they will hold alot of storage.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 03:46 AM

I see this was a well thought out job. Excellent idea with the wheels for the drawers. It all looks to fit as if it was always there. Well done Jim. If I was there I would have a drink with you on that beautiful deck.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 03:52 AM

Nicely done mate.

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

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 05:11 AM

Pretty slick Jim. Who needs a basement?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 05:18 AM

Man, you have been a busy boy. That looks super, and I love the storage drawers.
Congratulations on a great job.
Thanks for showing Jim.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 05:31 AM

Very COOL Job!

That really made a huge difference didn’t it?
You can sit outside around the table… to eat, etc. Very Nice!

I really like your king-sized drawers! When I first saw the wheels, I wondered if you had gotten them from Harbor Frt… They have a nice selection of wheels to choose from.

You did a GREAT JOB on it!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 06:06 AM

Quite industrious an cool idea. Enjoying the weather?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 09:06 AM

Looks good Jim but you are missing out on all of this wonderful MI weather.

-- If'n I had knowed retirement was this good I'd a dun it sooner

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 09:23 AM

Wow, looks super Jim. What a difference! I love the storage drawers too, brilliant!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 02:35 PM

Way cool Jim. Lotsa nice and easy access storage.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 04:11 PM

Jim, I love the way you set up your storage units, easy in, easy out.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 05:53 PM

Well thought out project and very nicely executed! Great creation of very usable storage space.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 03-09-2015 11:12 AM

Whoa! Very nice Jim and very clever. I’m still waiting on good weather for my shop expansion.

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#15 posted 04-06-2015 02:43 AM

Thanks for looking and thanks for the nice comments. It is a different way to do it and I like unconventional approaches to projects just to break the monotony and to see how a different way works. they are all prototypes that way!

Hi Joe. I got all the wheels from lawn mowers. We have a scrap metal drive at our church twice a year and we throw away lots of lawn mowers. I just saved 12 wheels for these drawers. They have angle iron brackets welded to each mounting plate to maintain the 3” ground clearance since some of the wheels vary 1/2” or more in diameter. I have to bring more next year for my neighbors drawers that he built after he saw mine!

Cheers, Jim

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

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