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Upper Deck #2: Makin' Railin'

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-17-2009 05:21 PM 1130 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the lumber from which I will be making the railing.

I have set up my table saw to do some ripping.

Here is everything dimensioned. The stack in the foreground of the short square board will the rails while the remainder will make up the frames.

I took all the short pieces and used a ½ round over bit in the router to get the following.

Here I am using my cheap block plane to round over the edges of the boards being used for the frame. Im moving so fast that I made the camera blur. It was actually quite calming using the plane and watching the golden curls pile up on the floor.

I chucked up the 1 ¼ forstner bit in the drill press an drilled a whole mess of holes about 3/8 deep after spending a considerable amount of time marking their locations. This is the top plate and bottom plate.

Here is one of the railings coming together.

And here is one railing in its final stage waiting to be installed.

next it will be installing the rails, bracing and making it look nice.



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GrandmaT

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posted 07-17-2009 07:10 PM

I know nothing about really building stuff … other than watching Russel. BUT I realize all the hard work and precision involved and can totally appreciate everything you have showed us. Gonna be one gorgeous upper deck Zuki!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 07-17-2009 09:37 PM

Nice work on the railing.. Rounding the ripped posts is a $$$ saving win for sure. Plus easy work.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Bon

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posted 07-17-2009 11:11 PM

I like the rounded posts on the railing.Nice job Zuki.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

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posted 07-18-2009 03:39 AM

Lots of good work there, Zuki.

I am wondering though how you will get around building code given the height of the deck. From the photos, it looks like it may be rather low. One wouldn’t want a little one, – or an older one, to fall over the railing. How high is it going to be?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Zuki

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posted 07-18-2009 10:34 AM

Keen eye jroot. That is only one part of the railing. Stay tuned.

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jroot

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posted 07-18-2009 10:53 AM

:)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-21-2009 09:53 AM

very impressive

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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