The Deck - part 2

by brae  

The framing under the main deck and side deck won't show much, so I used some leftover Dura-Craft 3/16" x 1/4" strip wood to keep costs down.  The wood isn't nice enough to use for building or finishing anyway.

I started with the side deck since it requires the longest part of the framework.  I transferred the top boards to a work surface, this time keeping the back side facing up and lining up the ends using a T-square.  I used double sided tape again to keep everything in line.

I cut two long pieces and two short pieces of the Dura-Craft trim, gluing them to the flat boards and to each other at the corners.   I cut one additional long piece for the center of this box and glued it in place.  I had to use the glue sparingly so it wouldn't bleed through between the boards.  I left more leeway on the uneven side, which I'll explain in a moment.

But, when I lifted it off the tape, some of the boards separated.  :\

Ah, well, it wasn't a total loss.  I glued the boards back in place.  A good, solid assembly.  :]

As mentioned above, since one side had been aligned with the T-square, that left the other side uneven.  I marked the boards 3 3/8" across (down from the original 3 1/2").

I slid a piece of plywood under the edge and cut off the excess.

I repeated the process for the main deck, adding two inner lengths for support.  This time, after putting the double sided tape on my work surface, I tapped it with my fingers to reduce the hold it would have on the flat boards. I had only two boards come loose when I flipped the assembly over.

I also cut the boards down to 4 7/8" from their original 5" to align the uneven edge.  I will keep the two portions separate so there is no strain at the corner.

It's a clean fit.  :D

So far, it's working!  :D

There is enough of a gap under the door to require a step.

I think Cora likes it.

7 comments

Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
Very crisp looking!
03/09/13 @ 02:58
Comment from: Idske [Visitor]
The deck is beautiful as it is and the leaves will be the icing on the cake! The kitty is already at home. Can't wait to see the next steps...
03/09/13 @ 03:06
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
So clean! You know, my RL house needs a step at the door. It's a giant leap into the front hall. Clearly, they just ran out of money. :) Good job not making the little people jump into their house.
03/09/13 @ 09:55
Comment from: pat [Visitor]
Where do you keep all of your wonderful creations? Pat
03/09/13 @ 14:49
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! Right now, some are in the back bedroom - some in the work area. :yes:
03/09/13 @ 22:15
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
It all looks very professional. The extension deck is a great idea.
03/12/13 @ 02:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>>
03/12/13 @ 21:49


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