Deck Steps

Now, for today's deck progress update:

The decking done, today the workers built the steps. I originally had steps only going down from the upper deck to the ground, and from the upper deck to the lower deck. But Saturday I had Emily back home (my mom had been taking care of her while the bulk of the deck construction was going on), and I found that she couldn't handle the height from the lower deck to the lawn. (She has slight hip problems and was hesitant and a bit scared to try getting off and onto the deck.)






So, I asked the guys to also put a step going down to the lawn. Now Emily can handle it all just fine! I'm relieved.

Tomorrow, I think they're probably going to do the skirting, the railings, and the lattice. Then, they'll do the arbor!





Return to HOME PAGE

  1. Scatterbrained — Odds 'n' Ends
  2. Soundport and Closing Up the Box
  3. On to the Binding
  4. Beginning the Neck
  5. The Neck, Day 2
  6. The Neck, Day 3
  7. The Allen Wrench Dilemma and the Peghead
  8. Bridge Shaping and Neck Fitting
  9. The Deck is Finished! The Fingerboard is Glued!
  10. Neck Carved, Finish Sanding, Wash Coat, Pore-Filling, Sanding, Sealing, Tru-Oil
  11. Paraffin Oil Polishing and Finishing it All Up!
  12. Saddle Compensation Jig
  13. REALLY Finishing It Up Now!!!



Tuesday, July 20, 2010:

Lots and lots of photos today . . . . First off, I think I need to clarify something about the sides. When I was bending the Brazilian rosewood sides, one of them developed a crease at the waist when I was bending it. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but it may have been because I didn't crank down the waist all the way (as I normally do) before I started bending the bouts. (Some people say to only partly bend the waist first, and then finish it after you've bent the upper and lower bouts, so I had decided to try that this time.) At any rate, it creased, as you can see in the photo to the right. It didn't actually crack, but just kind of frayed a little on the inside.

I tried straightening it out on the electric bender, and then rebending it, but I guess once there's a crease there, you can't bend it out.

I just couldn't live with that crease there (even though the other side came out okay, probably because I bent it my normal way, cranking down the waist all the way before I bent the bouts), so I scrounged around in my modest wood stash and found some East Indian rosewood that was close in color (if not in grain pattern). To the far right I've slapped some shellac on both, to see if the colors would be close, and they are. So, I've decided to use the Indian rosewood.




Now, back to today's account:

The first thing I did this morning was to glue on the top kerfing strips.

To the right is the finished side set.


Previous Page


Next Page