My OCD deck is almost done !

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Project by Phil B. posted 10-06-2017 02:01 PM 2119 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes…45 degree cuts, hand filed and sanded and of coarse scribed to the rock wall. Still need to design and add the railings to the upper level….next week! I just added Boxwood plants at each end to hide the cavities under the upper level. I also will be transplanting perennials to the stair edges, trimming out the grass, and adding flat rock steps to the long side instead of raising the grass level. Need to shop around for some attractive solar lights to highlight the rock at night and illuminate the stairs. It’s been a summer long project and a labour of love :)

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 02:24 PM

a very nice deck …just 1 question ….why not all same level ? .... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 10-06-2017 02:36 PM

Very nice work Phil I build perhaps up to 20 decks a year and this one is a nice as many of mine , Great Job,
Unless you’ve done it folks can’t appreciate how much time is involved scribing those edges and cutting your deck surface at an angle with a tight fit on those angels. very nice backyard too.


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#3 posted 10-06-2017 03:10 PM

Hey Phil! Magnificent deck! I’m expecting to see some Adirondack chairs on that soon…;^)

To echo Jim’s comment, I also build about 20 decks a year, and I’m impressed!

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

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#4 posted 10-06-2017 03:11 PM

That’s a fantastic looking deck. The surroundings really set it off.

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#5 posted 10-06-2017 03:14 PM

WANT. Cool yard! Nice work!

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#6 posted 10-06-2017 03:25 PM

You have done a wonderful job on this deck.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 10-06-2017 03:37 PM

Only problem with that deck, it is too pretty to walk on!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 10-06-2017 04:24 PM

I don’t build any decks per year but I can also say, I’m impressed!
Great looking deck, I’m sure it will be magazine ready after planting everything.
Please post final pictures.

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Phil B.

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#9 posted 10-06-2017 06:20 PM

Thanks guys….appreciate the comments.

I dropped it one level to keep the rock wall exposed more, as it’s my view from the front door all the way through to the 8×8 patio door in the kitchen. It’s also a much easier passage across the yard with only 1 step up….again OCD :)

Also, if I left it at one level it would be too high to meet code and I would have to add railings by the rock, since the ground slopes away for drainage. The railing on the top level will only by 4’ long.

Actually Jim, the miters are not butted, but all boards are 1/8” from each other rounded over to match the long edges of the 2×6. I found that the cottage cedar decks were rotting over time at butt joints since the moisture collects in the end grain and can’t drain away. The triple PT beams are both covered in BlueMax to avoid water collecting between them as well.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#10 posted 10-06-2017 06:38 PM

I built one deck in my life and this is Very nice.

Much like you, I have CDO. It’s a lot like OCD but its in alphabetical order….......the way is should be.

-- "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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#11 posted 10-06-2017 07:06 PM

Nicely done! Great job and what a fantastic view.

-- Paul, Crestview, FL

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#12 posted 10-06-2017 07:55 PM

Great looking Deck. None of us will look at our rear yards without seeing this deck in our minds.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 10-06-2017 08:01 PM

People always accuse me of not having a full deck!
You have a beauty there and I have to agree it way to purdee to walk on!

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

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#15 posted 10-07-2017 01:47 AM

That is one fine Deck, lot’s of scribe and cut (Been there) you did an excellent job congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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