Mahogany roof deck and privacy screen

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Project by ryno101 posted 08-16-2017 01:49 PM 4214 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting build. My client had already purchased the screens, which are thin sheet steel, laser cut, 6’ x 3’. My task was to design a roof deck and privacy wall using those screens. One early challenge was that the back corner of the existing fence is not 90°.

We wanted to give it the appearance that the screens were floating in the frame, but they do get rather high winds right on the corner of the building like they are.

This is what is sold locally as Mahogany decking, and is one of the hardest woods I’ve ever worked with. Each cut had to be fed extremely slowly, and cross-cutting all of the slats took forever.

Nothing really complicated with the joinery, the uprights and top bars are actually made of two laminated mahogany 2 X 4s, so I was able to cut a simple mortise and tenon for the joints, backing the whole thing up with strong-tie straps and lag bolts.

Overall, I am quite happy with how it turned out, and my client loves it…

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 02:59 PM

This looks really nice I can see why you are happy with the results. I like the way the dark wood contrasts with the light roof top. Very clean looking build and a great design.

I see the Prudential building in photo #1. When it opened in 1964 My dad took me and my date (which is now my wife) to the restaurant at the top of the Prudential for dinner. I had duck but I can’t remember what everyone else had. I was only 18 ant that was many moons ago! LOL!
Great job on your project Ryno.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 03:14 PM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 04:49 PM

That’ll be great twice a year in Boston.

(Genuine) Mahogany is not a very hard wood, I wonder what it really is. Unless the OP is accustomed to working only with softwoods, in which case it will seem quite hard.

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 06:40 PM

I suspect that the “Mahogany” decking is really Ipe…. which is reputedly very difficult to work with.

Regardless, this is a very attractive work.

It will be interesting to see how it wears. What did you finish it with?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 06:22 AM

Very, very nice.


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#6 posted 08-17-2017 12:27 PM

@gargey, @matt, I looked it up, the actual lumber type that they sell is Red Balau… very dense, tight grain, it is reddish, varies in color between almost pink and white to purple and black.

Finished with Australian Timber Oil

-- Ryno

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#7 posted 08-17-2017 10:12 PM

thats a gorgeous deck you did a beautiful job on that.should keep your client happy for many years to come.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 08-18-2017 05:07 AM

You should be happy as it is beautiful and functional which is hard to complete on every project!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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