Cedar Post Deck Railing

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Project by swirt posted 04-12-2010 05:45 PM 12373 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using old “naturally harvested” (they fell down on their own) cedar logs I built deck posts that would support a stainless-steel cable railing.

It had three requirements:

1) It had to tie into the theme of my log home.
2) Not block our view of the lake when sitting down with a glass of wine
3) Keep my toddler from falling off the deck

The logs help offset the modern-ness of the stainless-steel cables. Cutting and drilling square to something that is not anywhere near square or perfectly round can be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately the natural-ness of the posts makes it look ok if something is not perfectly straight.

The real beauty is sitting there, the cables just kind of melt away visually (as you can see in the last photo)

The how to’s of this building rustic deck railing are spelled out in the link.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 05:51 PM


-- dumpster diver delux

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 05:59 PM

Well done. So how do you get anything done with a deck and view like that?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 06:54 PM

REALLY nice results. and i’m jealous of the view! Living in Vegas, i’d just like to see a lake for a change! haha.

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 07:43 PM


@Jason, Whenever possible, I take my work outside :)
shaving on the deck

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 10:07 PM

I dig it man.

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 02:56 AM

Nice, I mean real nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 10:22 AM

Very well done and nice view!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-13-2010 03:13 PM

Awesome use of fallen timber. We have so much of it from the winter snow storm. That is a fantastic idea. GREAT WORK!

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#9 posted 04-14-2010 05:21 PM

Great project for your corner of paradise. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 04:09 AM

Easy ways to dress up your deck with a variety of post caps! Check it out!

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#11 posted 08-26-2010 12:17 AM

nice :) i dig the subtle stainless steel cables and the sturdy cedar posts. great job!

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 01:23 PM

This is a green deck, indeed. You can also make variations depending on what you personally prefer. Get other deck building tips and materials from

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