Wood Deck Craftsmanship

Structures · Written by Roger

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Fit And Finish

On this past project of mine the builder renovating the house took on the task of building the wood deck.  I think his carpenters did a great job!  Just look at the detail in terms of “fit and finish”.  Seeing the other work he and his staff completed on the home left little doubt the wood deck would be beautifully built.  Even the materials were first rate: The flooring is Ipe – without a doubt the most durable, long-lasting natural wood available.

The handrails, spindles and posts are all made from clear cedar. The posts are securely attached to the side-plate of the deck with carriage bolts, but notice how they are recessed.  Also, the carpenter used larger flat washers to keep the bolt head from sinking into the wood when it was tightened. All nice touches.

On the wood deck close to the kitchen the homeowner wanted the table for their outdoor meals.  To help the table fit the deck more efficiently the carpenter designed a “built-in” bench integrated with the guardrail.  A clever solution and one I had seen before in a kitchen table setting.

This wood deck is beautiful and really contributes to the whole outdoor setting and experience.  Originally the homeowner was treating the wood once a year, but I believe they have stretched it now to once every two years.  They’re using products manufactured by Penofin and are pleased with the results.

As beautiful as Ipe is, it can be a “bear” to work with.  What’s been your experience with Ipe?

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