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Project by patron posted 05-24-2017 11:55 PM 2114 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a deck of the first house i ever worked on when i started building
over 50 years ago
as you can imagine it was about to dissolve into the ground

the posts were redwood (fortunately) some main beams were railroad ties
my cousin and his then wife bought some property outside taos new mexico

when she moved away she left it in trust for her 4 kids
they allowed the dad (2 kids with her) to stay as a ‘caretaker’
every thing that ever made it to the property is still there
(i guess he’s waiting for the price of junk to blossom)

the kids want to restore it

it had been melting (adobe) for 30 years
(no cement or plaster cover just natural mud)

last fall we worked on it for 2 months and the deck got another go
(i had changed the surface decking about 25 years ago)

this time i got to use pressure treated lumber
so it should be good for another 50 years

i did ask them to save any scraps
in case i have to do a 4th build then

wanted to show this
as it is not in the normal styles we see around

the roof is a first
and the steps are real this time
instead of beams stacked as it was before

will do a blog of the actual pattern build

it really is not as hard as it looks

the idea for the railing came along after the roof and new decking was done
mostly from some left over lumber to short to use for anything else

hope you like it

-- 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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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 12:32 AM

This is a wonderful build. Great pattern on the railing … perfect for any sun-drenched spot. Very nice!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#2 posted 05-25-2017 01:00 AM

Wonderful David, really makes one smile.
I am sure they will be happy, every day they come home to this sun parade.
As always wonderful to see what you are up to, dear buddy.
As always a few tricks from the old master.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 05-25-2017 01:16 AM

Hi Patron!

Good to see you again!

I really like the Fan design… really very COOL… It does NOT look easy… I would be interested in just EASY it really is… LOL

Very COOL story! You have been in New Mexico for awhile haven’t you?!

Thank you for dropping by…

How is the SHOP doing… anything new there?


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

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#4 posted 05-25-2017 01:17 AM

Fun story. I like the starburst railing. The pattern looks good from the outside and looks even better from the inside with the sun shining through it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 05-25-2017 01:38 AM

Nice job David. Any rattlesnakes out there?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-25-2017 01:53 AM

Beautiful work, David. I love adobe. We have some still standing here in Tucson, but they do take some tender loving care.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#7 posted 05-25-2017 02:37 AM

Really nice work sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 05-25-2017 02:49 AM

Nice to see you here on LJ again.

Great job on the deck. Like the railing design.

When I looked at the railing it looks like the Arizona State flag. Unfortunately the deck is in New Mexico.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 05-25-2017 05:33 AM

Absolutely fantastic decking job. I like that ’’sun ray’’ pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-25-2017 07:29 AM

Hello Patron,

I am with Joe …haven’t seen you for a while…now we know why. (long time no see)

That’s one impressive build I must say.

Hey I see picture No 6 is blank, I wonder if you could show the “before” picture or maybe a rattle snake for Topa…tee hee

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 05-25-2017 10:31 AM

Nice to see you posting your work again,I’ve learned a lot from your blogs.
Great job on the renovation and glad to see Superman is back.

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#12 posted 05-25-2017 10:43 AM

Nice build Patron. Good to see a new post from you.
You still have the hand ! And as usual, it’s all in the details (I mean Patron’s details !)


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#13 posted 05-25-2017 11:53 AM

Real nice work, David. It is an eye catcher deck!!

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

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#14 posted 05-25-2017 12:03 PM

good morning all
thank you for the comments

been working as catch can lately
mostly helping out
or filling in where needed on construction or cabinet shops

it’s been a strange winter here
off and on sun then snow

shop here still staging
hope to have time for it soon
much to share
just not to much time yet

off to work again this morning and tomorrow
maybe next week too
hope to do the build blog this evening

-- 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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#15 posted 05-25-2017 12:17 PM

This is great looking. Quite a compliment to be called back in after 50 years to do the restoration, and by the second generation, no less!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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