Front Porch

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Project by Jake Willet posted 02-14-2011 06:26 AM 2343 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I, along with my wife and a few friends, painted and roofed my house this summer and I left the porch for last. This design was based off a fellow lumberjock who wrapped his posts and replaced his railings in white pine: The railings were influenced by Frank Bradshaw’s house:

I used cedar with Preserva Wood penetrating oil finish. The post wraps were biscuit jointed with brads. The ceiling is also paneled with cedar lap. I cut cove for the ceiling/wall transition, but later found a source of cedar cove. That could have saved some time, blade-life and a few heart palps.

Along with the above-mentioned fellow lumberjock, my concern is longevity. The porch is SW facing and we get a few drops of rain here in the northwest. In doing research for post/beam wrapping, I found articles where membranes and weep-holes are used for drainage paths between the structural posts and the wraps. I would guess that moisture will accumulate behind the cedar wraps and eventually rot it out.

I included the only before picture I could find. We did about $8K worth of paint, roofing, and porch. Thanks to SteveC and all the lumberjocks who keep the economy alive.

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Todd Thomas

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 12:00 PM

this turned out great…well done…I really like the design…..

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 02:20 PM

Nice job – it is always great when you can do it yourself. Keep up the good work.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 04:08 PM

Great work on that porch.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 05:30 PM

Sweet! That’s above and beyond, well done…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 09:34 PM

Wow! That does not look like its going anywhere for a long time.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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Jake Willet

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 12:59 AM

Thanks guys. I’ll probably spray another coat on in the fall. The color has faded some already, but I like it more than what’s in the pictures. It’s less orange now.

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 06:28 PM

That’s an incredibly nice porch. Love the rails, posts, color, everything!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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