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    Neander Joinery Experience Helped on First Construction Project

    The porches on this house of the missus and mine left a bit to be desired. Finally getting a round tuit has me working on this.

    This is the old porch dismantling:

    Old Porch Dismantling.jpg

    This is the current state of the work in progress:

    Deck With Low Rise Stairs.jpg

    SWMBO requested low riser stairs. She also had trouble with the old stairs not all being the same height. These have a rise of 6" the treads are 11".

    This was my first ever making a set of stairs. Have made a ladder or two.

    Being able to cut joinery by hand helped in a few places:

    Joinery ? Detail ?.jpg

    My grandson even helped cut the stringers:

    Mike Cutting Stringer.jpg

    His first use of a circular saw.

    jtk
    Last edited by Jim Koepke; 07-11-2019 at 11:44 PM.
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    Deck and stairs looking good. Best part is Grandpa and Grandson, great team.
    Jim

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    Nice work, Jim!
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    Jim,

    Nice clean and usable deck, good on you and your grandson. BTW, BTDT and had rather make a workbench.

    ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Pallas View Post
    Deck and stairs looking good. Best part is Grandpa and Grandson, great team.
    Jim
    Fully agree!

    All other things paled at that! I have no grandson yet but I envy you!

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    Looks nice.
    What kind of wood is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinis Kanders View Post
    Looks nice.
    What kind of wood is that?
    Thanks all for the kind words. We have been having a warm spell of late. Only been working in the morning and the late afternoon to avoid working in direct sun. Of course with any project like this there is always something else that needs some care.

    The wood is pressure treated hemlock fir. The label says it is good for ground contact. The posts are being ~2" deep, set in cement. Which is some ground contact.

    The old deck was just nails and later screws added to hold it together. It only had one joist on 4' center. The posts were set less than a foot in a hole dug with a shovel. It came down real easy like.

    We are using Simpson Strong Ties to hold this one together. SWMBO is impressed with the solid feel of the first deck. She is ready for me to build a table and chairs to sit out there. The deer often walk by on the hillside to poach from the bird feeder.

    jtk
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    Jim looks different in the picture than he does in his avatar. Nice looking fellow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowell holmes View Post
    Jim looks different in the picture than he does in his avatar. Nice looking fellow.
    Thanks Lowell.

    The old porch came down easy:

    Front Porch Demolition.jpg

    With the experience gained building the first porch, the second one went up a little quicker:

    Front Porch Ready.jpg

    The railings and hand rails on the stairs will be finished at a later date. The overhang on either side will be for a cat perch and potted plants.

    Looks like the door and the rest of the house could use some paint.

    jtk
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    Nice looking work! Nice looking young fella! But about that old geezer, ....
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    Jim Waldron

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    Jim,

    Your porches are looking great, big improvement from the old ones.

    Stew

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    hmmm, maybe I started something?

    Porch Project post. front view.JPG
    Compared to what was "existing"...
    Porch project, existing.JPG
    Too small, no handrails, and dangerous steps...

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