Alaskan yellow cedar

Alaskan Yellow Cedar decking

I realize that I haven’t posted a deck build project update since late last summer.  The main reason is that I simply haven’t had a lot to report.  Between winter weather, holiday travel, and about 100 other things, I simply haven’t had much of a desire or opportunity to work on it.  That all changed this week when I started putting down the Alaskan yellow cedar deck boards.

When it came to the decking material I had a number of options to choose from and to be honest, it did take me a while to make my final decision.  The options I looked at included pressure treated lumber, composite, standard red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar.  I ended up going with the yellow cedar for a couple reasons, first was that the quality of the lumber for the price was impossible to beat, but more importantly I really love the way it looks.  Simply put, it is very attractive cedar.

In the picture above the decking is not screwed down yet, just laid out to give an idea of what the 20’x14′ deck will look like.  Weather permitting the decking will be down before this weekend.  After that I still have a few things that I need to get done, the small storage area on the back corner, an L shaped feed prep area as well as getting electricity ran from the garage out to the deck.  

Stay tuned, more coming soon.

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Veterans Day 2016

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To all my fellow veterans, regardless of when or where you served, I wish you a Happy Veterans Day.  

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Deck structure is complete

Structure is complete

The structural portion of the deck build project is now complete

Happy to report that my Labor Day Weekend was actually a productive one, which included some labor.  The deck structure is now complete and I am ready for the decking itself.

Unfortunately there will be a short delay on that, in addition to making the final decision on what we will be doing for the decking, I have a work coming up next week which will delay me from finishing this project.

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Taking Shape

Taking Shape

The back deck is finally starting to take shape

The new deck is starting to take shape, thanks to a few hours of work each night after work this week.  You can finally start to tell what it is going to look like when done, and get a good feel for the size.  It really is taking shape.

When done it will be 20′ by 14′ and even though the perspective of the wide angle lens I shot this picture with makes it look like the left side is much larger than the right, they are both 10′ sections.

I did learn a very valuable lesson though, a simple bubble level can actually be wrong.  I had laid out the three beams last night and when I was finished the middle beam was 3″ higher at the end than the other two.  I can honestly say that I was baffled as I had paid close attention to my level.  What I did find out was that if I checked the same board twice with the level I was using, it would give me two different readings.  After a hurried trip into Home Depot and purchasing a new level, things were back on track.

Next steps are to hang the joists.  Not sure if I will get this done soon or not, with the 3 day weekend right around the corner it looks like I might not have a lot of free time.

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The deck build project is underway again

Deck Build Joist Start

Started back on my long delayed deck build project again today.

Hard to believe that the last update I posted for my deck build project was back in October of last year.  I wish I could post that even though I hadn’t been posting about it, the deck was finished and we were simply to busy enjoying outdoor cooking and cocktails on the new deck to post about it, but sadly that isn’t the case.

It isn’t like I haven’t been doing things though, but working on the deck hasn’t been part of what I have been up to.

Work on the deck sort of came to an end last fall when the weather started getting bad.  I didn’t think much about it through the winter and when spring rolled around we got busy doing other projects around the property, we took a family vacation to Yellowstone and the deck simply took a back seat to many other things.

The good news is that thanks to the delay I have re-designed the deck some, I think for the better, and will be building in some covered storage for the smokers and grills at the same time.  You can see from the image above that the back wall of that storage will be the old fence posts that I had intended to cut off.

I probably won’t be moving really fast with this, but hopefully it will be steady progress as time and budget allow.

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