The Deck - part 7

by brae  

Continuing work on The Deck.  I finished the second leaf in the same manner as the first leaf.

Before going further, I needed to see if I could replicate one part of the deck shown in the original inspiration piece.  For reference, here is the beautiful deck from Trex.

One of the side leaves is inset and on the same plane as the main deck.  I took a scrap of card from the recycling bin and traced Leaf 1.

I then put a layer of masking tape over the main deck to keep the wood from splitting and the boards from lifting during the cutting process.  I traced the outline onto the taped section.

I then cut the main deck using the scroll saw.  This was a one-shot deal.  If it didn't work, I'd have to reconstruct this part of the straight deck.

Moment of truth right before fitting...

It worked!!!  :D

Having the leaf inset makes for easier furniture placement, too.

Since my deck is a smaller version of the original, I decided to inset Leaf 2 on the other side.  This time, I cut it in deeper than Leaf 1.

Another feature of the original deck is that the leaves have stems that continue into the main deck.  I cut pieces of walnut for the stems and marked them on the main deck.  I removed the pieces from the deck and cut them to fit.  I glued the pieces back in place with the walnut stems.

Marvelous!  :D

On the underside, I had to attach the two leaves to the main deck.  I opted for lengths of skinny sticks.  These won't be readily seen, even when viewing the under structure.

And, just so you don't think my vacation week has been all work and no play, here's a funny picture of Jasper.  He's sleeping in a pose I like to call The Frozen Shrimp.  Haaaaaaaaa!  :D

shrimp image from Wikipedia


Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
So, when can I come and sit on your deck with a nice cool drink and just relax? It is looking so inviting already!
04/27/13 @ 09:28
Comment from: Mandy [Visitor]
Wow it's really coming together isn't it ..?It looks amazing and if you wouldn’t know better you would think it was real
04/27/13 @ 09:52
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Unbelievable work, Brae, and it's wonderful to see the step by step of it. Every little detail is so clearly explained and shown. Jasper looks very comfy in his shrimp position. I have never seen a cat settle down like that. Cats are such strange creatures. My daughter has two and she often makes me laugh when recounting their antics. They both have such different personalities but they are very attached to one another.
04/27/13 @ 09:56
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
WOW! The deck is really looking fantastic! And Jasper is adorable! The frozen shrimp...Ha! I wish I could bend like that.
04/27/13 @ 12:34
Comment from: Marion [Visitor]
Wow, I'm speechless ! What amazing work ! The deck will be a true work of art :).
04/27/13 @ 13:44
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
The leaves look great inset with the rest of the deck, especially with the stems. Jasper does a great impression of a prawn but is infinitely more cute.
04/27/13 @ 14:08
Comment from: ginger@bearbits [Visitor]
Thanks so much for showing the inspiration, the details and all the work and planning that you are doing to bring this piece together. You are doing an amazing and fabulous job. It's fascinating to watch! You do such great work. The cat pose is funny - I think his feet really are the crowing touch to the similarity! ~ginger
04/27/13 @ 16:33
Comment from: Call of the Small [Visitor]
I SURE hope you will let the folks at Trex know about your phenomenal creation! It's really spectacular, Brae. Lovely work!
04/27/13 @ 18:47
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :>> I wrote to Trex to get permission to use their photo, so yes, I will send an update to them once I have the landscaping in. :yes:
04/28/13 @ 09:52

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