My projects So Far This Year

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My projects So Far This Year

Post by Nick » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:00 am

Hi everyone, I've been a little busy of late, but now I am almost up to date with tasks in th garden, so now I would like to take this opportunity to share some photo's with you all.

This is a 10 seater bench I made at Easter with wood I had left from a fencing job that was done at home on our boundary:
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As you can see it's pretty big, it was going to be 10ft long, but the weight of a table that size would be to much to be able to move, so I decided to go for an 8ft bench/table, it's still very very heavy, so it stayed in my parking space until I was ready in the garden.The next photo is self explanatory :lol: :lol:
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My plan was to have seating for 16 people at a bbq so then come my second project, to build another bench/table a mirror image of the first if I had enough timber left over, I did but it was a far lower grade, what I would call scrap timber, but I cut all the really bad parts out of it and come up with this:
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That was the end of project number two, then it was time to order the timber for my next project:
DECKING:
I ordered my timber from a place at Bristol as I did not like the look of the quality of boards you get from the big sheds HB and B&Q, now were they that special from our local builders, so I decided that the place from Bristol would be my supplier as there timber was Scandinavian thicker and with less knots,
so here's a few photo's of my progress:
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I had fun with this job, it was very hard at times, as you know things never ever go to plan, and I had days where it just would not play ball :lol:
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I believe the framing and the joists and leveling are the most important parts of laying a deck,and as I wanted a slight run off towards the fence it made it all the more challenging for me, and also the garden slopes down hill the further along I went with the joists. This was meant to be an 18ft x 9.75 wide, but decided to extend it so the bbq could sit on it as well, it was extended 4ft to make it 22ft but by the time 52boards had a 1/4inch gap between them, that made it grow to a monster 23ft 3in :lol:
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Post by Trudytropics » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:13 am

Nice work Nick, you have been busy with the power tools :lol: . I love the table and benches they look very well made icon_thumleft . I don't know if you have laid the decking boards yet, but we used invisible fixings on ours a few years ago and you get a much neater job IMO.
You just need some nice weather now to get to enjoy it icon_sunny .

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Post by Dave Brown » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:28 am

Very ingenious Nick icon_thumright Tables look brilliant. I would suggest putting short stabilser legs under the seating on the corners, having seen one tip over in a pub garden. Six people were seated and 2 on one side got up, and over it went :lol:

That is a huge deck :shock: mine being 13 x 10ft, but there again I have a smaller table.

You'll be holding street parties now once word is out..... All down to Nick's for a barbie :lol:
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Post by Nick » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:43 am

This photo show how much the timber was twisted in both planes :(
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but I over come these problems after a lot of thought.
I've seen decks where water settled in the middle so I decided to add a very slight slope to mine so all water would run off, I went with this at 6mm over the width was nothing noticeable:
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I used 6x1 and 10mm bolts to join the joists together, but was not happy with this idea, so I removed all the off cuts of timber and the bolts and placed across the ends of the joists a new joist and used mini joist hangers to attach the joists both side, this made it a lot stronger joint and more stable.Sadly I.
Building the frame took me 10 days due to interruptions like rain,work, and numerous problems :lol:
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The Joist I used to join the joists together can be seen in this photo, it's a slightly lighter timber
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Then come the day when I was able to bring the boards into the garden and place them onto the joists, so I could get straight edges to both sides of the deck.I had them all strait at the side where the heather is growing, and used my big spirit level to do a straight edge at the fence side of the decking. This time all the boards were just laid toughing each other with no gaps, and there was no bounce from the framing below or creaks or any movement what so ever, it was rock solid.
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The next photo shows what joist was left before the boards were spaced out, I had three posts to cut around and with there gaps and the extra boards I got, I only had to cut off 1foot of joist before attaching the final joist in the project :lol:
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I cut all the boards then had the job of screwing them down,
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Re: My projects So Far This Year

Post by dino » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:47 am

Nice one Nik, I think you could go into production churning out those benches icon_thumleft


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Post by Nick » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:57 am

Then I started to fix the boards down, I lost one screw and used a total of 999 out of 1000 screws, I was pre drilling the holes but with advise and from what the box said no need to drill I pushed on with out drilling pilot holes first, I was out there before going to work and when I got home I was out there again, up to 10pm screwing in these screws :lol: :lol:

Then I had help to move the Benches into position on the deck.
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I know what your thinking, it's cluttered, I to think that, but I am throwing a bbq party for 16 fellow committee members and once it's been and gone, then the smaller bench will come off the deck which will give much more room.
I then had to cut a hole for the parasol,which is now done and the parasol is now installed and is ready to use.
I hope you like what I've done with my small garden, and the photo's I've taken with my phone for your enjoyment.
Right what's next on my list of jobs to do :lol: :lol:


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Post by Nick » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:02 am

Thanks for the advise Dave,so glad you like all what I've done so far, funny you should say that, my Carpenter friend said the same thing yesterday, I can attach some before the party, I have Bamboo lamps, with oil to add to the atmosphere :lol:




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Re: My projects So Far This Year

Post by Mr List » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:14 am

i didnt know decking boards were supposed to have gaps between them.

very impressed with your work but all i can think is ' he's lost a lot of planting space ' :lol:


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Post by Trudytropics » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:17 am

Mr List decking boards expand and contract with different weather conditions, so must have a gap between for expansion, it also helps with drainage :) .

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Re: My projects So Far This Year

Post by kata » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:29 am

Wow Nick,

Many times I have wondered to myself (could'nt ask for security reasons where is Nick)

That is such an awesome job on the table and decking Nick.

So your feeling better than you did (heart)?

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Post by bobbyd44 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:32 pm

well done nick great work there, hopehte weather good for the bbq now to make use of it all, love the benches!!
nice one, cheers,ta!!
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Re: My projects So Far This Year

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:38 pm

Christ Nick, not even Noah used that much wood :lol: :lol:

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Post by The Codfather » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:39 pm

Arlon Tishmarsh wrote:Christ Nick, not even Noah used that much wood :lol: :lol:
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Post by Cathy » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:56 pm

Hi Nick, :)
As usual you have done a fantastic job! icon_thumleft having told us about your project, it's great to see the pictures. Brian said you could build a house on that deck, it's such high spec' construction! :lol: - not that we expected any less from you. :roll:
...you guys should see the shed Nick built - and hear the saga! Nick, when you have a spare few days, do another thread! :wink: I jest as I know you are really busy these days.
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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:01 am

Now it's all in Nick, is there anything else in the pipeline. Will you be putting some nice potted plants on the deck and can we expect some nice pics of the rest of the garden.
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