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Project by soakjr posted 10-21-2015 04:53 PM 1866 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I am not “100%” done yet but I couldn’t resist posting any longer. I still have skirting to put around base (which will be made of vertical deck scraps), a few areas of touch up painting, grass to restore, etc. But who knows how long that will take me just working evening and weekends.. With the retaining wall this has pretty much been a summer long project.

This deck is made of “Cedar Tone” treated lumber. It was a trade off for actual cedar lumber which is pretty hard to get a hold of in the treeless North Central Kansas area for a fair price. Regardless I am pretty happy with the look. My wife (and I) really liked the partially painted look when we were planning this thing. I think mostly because it will make staining/sealing, painting and all other future maintenance real easy. NOT.

Also if anyone has any recommended stain or deck staining advice, I’m all ears.

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 05:04 PM

Awesome deck, I built one this summer to but not that scale! nicely done!

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 06:34 PM

Top notch for sure. Get out and enjoy it before the Kansas winter kicks in!!

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 09:05 PM

Very nice sized deck.
Don’t think I like the white accent.
Wait…....looked at it again…’s growing on me.
Wait….....looked again…......I think I really like the white accents. Just took a while to accept the change.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 03:37 AM

WOW does that look nice!! Great work! I’m sure that two tone will be fun to paint, too :-)

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 06:24 AM

Nice work there soakjr
Only a civil engineer could “knock up” something like that.
Sure beats bunny hopping up and down two levels of terracing!

Nice Ute/pickup too!

you have a slight problem here, you may have already realised you should have done it before painting all the feature sections, however no real issue it just means just lots of masking up will be required.

A suggested stain would be one of the Sikens products, and beware you will be up for a pocket full of loot to do it all as the product is big bucks and the area required to be stained is so huge!!

Then to protect it an ongoing activity will be required every year or so depending on the elemnts your exposed to.

All worth the effort by the way.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 10:51 AM

I sure like it. The design compliments the graded steps and the general balanced look of it. I agree on the stain – much easier to do before hand. I’d spray the stain. Possibly a deck finish of your choice that can be tinted.

-- DonB

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#7 posted 10-22-2015 01:17 PM

Thanks everyone!


I did consider staining before hand, which I agree would have been much easier, however the lumber was so inconsistent in terms of wet/dryness. Some boards were light and dry and others were almost completely saturated with moisture/curing agent. So I thought they would take stain very inconsistently. I also wanted to get them screwed down quickly before major warping occurred. Which worked for the most part. But you’re right I am looking at a lot of masking at this point. I have seen some others on here recommend sikkens products as well. I will have to look into that. Thanks!

I was able to paint all of the white members before adding decking, so painting was a breeze. Second go around might not be so easy though.

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