The Deck - part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on The Deck.  To finish the outer edges of the side deck, I used dark trim wood from my stash.  This is definitely Dura-Craft wood, but I am not sure from which kit or if it is walnut (I think it is).  It's close in color to the wood I plan to use for the leaf portions of the deck and using existing materials will keep the cost down.

I love the play of light and dark, and it was such a simple design element.  I didn't trim the main deck yet, since I want to finish the leaf sections first.

The leaves.  After a lot of deliberation, I decided to use the same reverse approach I did with the main and side decks.  I would form the surface boards first and then work on a supporting framework.  Beyond that, I thought developing the walnut outlines and center veins, then cutting the individual boards for the interior portions would be the simplest approach.

I started by redrawing my leaf shapes.  My mockup had used rough sketches and cutouts.  I used a 5 7/8" diameter lid, which was close to my original mockup size, to make one end of the leaf.

I marked a point the length of my original mockup (9 1/4").   Digging into my old art supplies for a flexible curve, I created a gentle curve first on one side and then the other.

I cut the leaf out and made two more leaves from this one.

I marked the outline 3/8" inside the outer edge.   Since my deck is smaller in proportion to the original and this will be my first major scroll saw endeavor, I kept the center veins soft -- just enough to give a sense of movement without overly complicating matters.  :D  They are also 3/8" wide.

On a new sheet of paper, I measured from the bottom and marked 7/16" intervals.  I was planning on 3/8" boards for this portion as well, and 7/16" allows for some room between each plank.  I drew lines to make a base guide.

I positioned the leaf template over the lines so there would be a good layout of whole board widths.

I taped the leaf in place and traced the lines onto the template.

I did the same for the other side, varying the angle of the lines.

I darkened the boards that would be walnut, repeated the process for the other two leaves and tested the fit again.

Hooray!  :D

The pencil makes these very messy, so I will make photocopies to work with going forward.


Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
It looks GREAT! I always giggle a little bit when you start listing off measurement amounts because the maths make my head hurt so much. OOOF. I totally understand the pictures though, so thank you for those! :)
03/09/13 @ 14:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks!!! :>> I actually list the measurements for myself. That way I don't have to remember them or write them down elsewhere. I just search my blog and look it up! :))
03/09/13 @ 15:04
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
The dark trim really makes a difference and I can't wait to see the leaves part of the deck done. I might get one of those flexible curves. I was looking at one the other day in a shop and thinking it might be handy but wasn't sure what I'd use it for.
03/09/13 @ 15:48
Comment from: grandmommy [Visitor]
Excellent workmanship and perfect scale!
03/09/13 @ 18:08
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Clever! Love the explanation of the process.
03/09/13 @ 18:39
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Looking great Brae!
03/09/13 @ 23:08
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Wow. What a lot of work! Thanks for sharing your plan to build this. I love how you drew the leaf shapes and lines for the deck boards. The detail is amazing!
03/10/13 @ 04:58
Comment from: Idske [Visitor]
Thanks for the explanation and photos, makes it really easy to follow! You have a lot of precision scroll saw work coming up with all those walnut edges. No doubt you already have a plan....
03/10/13 @ 06:56
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Yay! I can't wait to see it come to life :) I'm sure this was a lot of prep work, but so worth it.
03/10/13 @ 09:10
Comment from: Andrea [Visitor]
This looks great! I just made my vote for your blog again. It's such a neck-and-neck race. How exciting! Wish you luck! Andrea
03/10/13 @ 09:35
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much!!! :>>
03/11/13 @ 17:10
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
I love the methodical way you have of working and the leaves look fab with the darker detail. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.
03/12/13 @ 03:02
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks!!! :D
03/12/13 @ 21:49

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