enlarging our back deck
It's great to see so many projects that use reclaimed wood. Here's mine:
I'd been thinking for some time that we needed to enlarge our rather small back deck. When my neighbor decided to tear down his deck to put in a patio, I told him I'd tear it down for him if he wouldn't mind my using the wood. He was skeptical that it would look decent as it was a fifteen-year-old deck that had had a lot of weathering, but said that it was fine with him. I took his deck apart using a hammer, a crowbar, and my Ryobi One+ reciprocating and circular saws and dragged the wood to my house.
I planed the wood with my Ryobi corded hand planer and was amazed to see how good most of the wood looked with the top, weather-beaten layer gone! It looked new again! Over the course of this project I really put that little hand planer through the ringer. The planer is worse for the wear now, but it did an amazing job. Although I did have to purchase some new lumber, I saved several hundred dollars by taking the time to plane the old wood and use it. And by enlarging our deck three feet out and three feet to the right, we nearly doubled the size, giving us plenty of room to entertain. I was even able to add another set of steps for more access and still had some good, usable wood left over.
I couldn't help adding a few finishing touches. I gave the post ends a decorate carve using my Ryobi One+ Jigsaw, and I routed the edge of the top rail with my Ryobi corded Router. I've included some before and after pics to show how much more room it gave us. My next step is to sand the old part of the deck and stain the whole thing.
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wood reclaimed from an old deck, self-drilling screws, joist brackets