backyard deck #1: floor done---working on railings

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Blog entry by dmoney posted 05-30-2010 10:01 PM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building a deck for my backyard. It had one on when we bought the place but it was very old and wobbly so we ripped it down. Fast forward 2 years and now we are putting up a new one. Decided to go with green treated wood primarily due to the cost and easy availability. I also had been making adirondack chairs and found out all of the cool colors they make stain in now!

the deck is 13’x12’

this was also my first attempt at making stairs, only ruined one extra 2×12 :)

found a picture of the railing somewhere online and decided to copy it.
The railings aren’t attached yet, they are just sitting on the deck. When I attach them, they’ll be off the floor a bit.

My dado blade got a workout with all those spindles. Already had to clean all the green gunk off of it. Treated wood sure gums up the blades but clean them off and they work like new again.


-- Derek, Iowa

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 10:12 PM

Nice work so far.
I really like your yellow skill saw in picture #3. Do you use it often??
Seems like you may have some little helpers :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 10:21 PM

Looks like proffesional work to me. Good job on the railings to, more work but the uniqueness is quite nice. Are you going to have a 2×6 top on your handrails? Some people will put a 5/4 board up there but I think the 2x is much more substantial and looks better.

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#3 posted 05-30-2010 10:47 PM

thanks that little yellow saw was left by my 3 year old, he leaves his tools out worse than I do.
the railings are more work but I think it’s worth it to have something unique. no one else will have a railing quite like mine.

I will probably do a 2×6 on top. I was also thinking about wrapping the 4×4 posts with 1×6s to make them 6×6s. Would it look cool? I’m just concerned as I’ll be puttin a roof of that corregated acrylic or whatever over the whole thing and I’d have to wrap those posts all the way up.
What do you guys think?

-- Derek, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-30-2010 11:22 PM

Looks great Derek That’s alot of half lapping. If you want to put a Roof on it might have been better to leave you post close to the house long also. If you still want to you could add post in the back and add a 4×6 along the top on both sets and then run your rafters.

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 12:42 AM

Looks good, like the detail on the railing.
I use a 2×4 on end (3 1/2”) to set the railing distance from the floor, leaves room for the toes to go under
and also to shovel snow (I see your in Iowa).

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 12:57 AM

thanks a lot for the ideas. I will probably do the 2×4 on end for the distance from the floor
also for the roof my neighbors have the gutter removed then screwed a ledger board to the eave to support the roof and attach it to the house. that’s probably what I’ll do too. I’ll rip off all the gutters then when I’m done building this, then I’ll hire someone to come put new gutters on. the seamless kind, the problem areas on mine are, of course, the seams.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 12:49 PM

nice looking deck…..well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 04:46 PM

Very nice! Might I suggest an extra set of legs for the stairs mid-flight? They can act as rail posts too.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 05:51 AM

Nice job Dmoney

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

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