My First Round Deck

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Project by BGW posted 12-07-2012 02:45 PM 1823 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the years, God has blessed me with some fantastic opportunities to work for some very creative customers who also didn’t mind paying for such creativity. This lady was one such customer. Dead set on a round, wooden deck, she had gone through several contractors who wouldn’t even try. I told her that I’d be happy to try, but I had no idea how I would do it. Well, 5 years later, this is still one of my favorite projects, and has led to several other curved decks.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 02:48 PM

Beautiful deck. Wish I was setting on it now.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 02:54 PM

Beautiful! I wanna go there.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 03:33 PM

Thats a nice Deck. What is the diameter?

-- Experience: What you have left after you've lost everything else.

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 03:37 PM

It’s a 14’ diameter deck, which made for a manageable curve. I recently did one at 10’, and that was really difficult…I ruined a board trying to get it to bend.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 04:35 PM

Beautiful work.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 05:00 PM

this is really awesome! I love to see outside of the norm construction in practical application! I’d really like to know how you accomplished the bend without splintering/splitting it. a series of kerf cuts? steam bending? if you don’t mind sharing the technique, that is!

Superb craftsmanship! well done!

-- Gridlockd

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 06:10 PM


I don’t mind sharing at all. I made kerf cuts in two 20’ 2×8’s. This particular deck we figured I had over 1500 cuts, a little over halfway through the 2×8. It was definitely a learning process. Too deep a cut makes for a very poor curve…one that’s tough to control. Too shallow resulted in breaking the board. On the railing, I had no choice but to use composite 2×4’s (in this case, Trex). All I did to allow for the bend was lay them on the asphalt on a very hot day.

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 10:42 PM

Bob: Have you ever tried to steam the boards? Something 20’ long may be a task but smaller may be an option.
It looks fantastic. Very nicely done.
Thanks for sharing,

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#9 posted 12-07-2012 11:02 PM


I didn’t want to steam the boards because of the size of the steamer I’d have had to build for a project that I may not do very often. Since completing this deck, I’ve only done two others, so that would be one long steamer to store. That being said, steaming would make for a more structurally sound edge board. Attaching the posts to the Kerfed rim was tedious…I had to really resupport each point.

Thanks for the kind words.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#10 posted 12-08-2012 01:14 AM

cool looking deck

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#11 posted 12-08-2012 07:18 AM

a great looking deck. even after a few years

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#12 posted 12-08-2012 01:25 PM

great job.
I’ve been a deckbuilder for 15 years, and have only built 1 round deck, but I didn’t have to bend the beams or fascia. It had a stone step and planter boxes all around it.

-- Steve--

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