Today was the final day of construction on the frame for this deck with bench seats. All that is left now is a quick paint job and then it is ready for the decking.
I couldn't resist installing a few extra upright supports.
I added more cross bracing to provide fixing points for the bench component of the decking boards.
After sawing up 69 lengths of timber, this was all that was left over. Not quite enough to build a Micro Shelter, but it will definately be used eventually.
I was actually a little sad to have finished this stage of the build. On the whole it has been great fun. All this work will ultimately be hidden from view once the decking goes down.
Work also continues on the construction film for this deck which will be available on The Dirt Effect YouTube Channel.
These two Kookaburra's were the first on site today.
It was time to add a bit of bling this morning,
and like most bling, it was pretty ugly. Unlike most bling, it does serve a useful purpose. First up today I put another four upright supports in. These are more to act as members to screw decking into but will also be load bearing.
If you happen to have some 100mm bolts on hand from a prior project you might like to use them to help add some detail to the build. If you realise that they are not going to be long enough, it is best to respond despairingly before remembering you have a plunge router that might help with the process. These bolts held up some short members of timber that will support the floor of the deck.
On a side note, when I turned 18 my folks offered to buy me either a router or a second hand banjo. That reminds me of the classic joke.
"What's the difference between a banjo and an onion? - Nobody cries when you cut up a banjo"
Anyhow, today I was glad I opted for a router, my wife has been glad for the last ten and a half years!
Building a standard deck takes time, building a deck with built in bench seats can feel like a black hole. No matter how much time, timber and screws you throw at it, it still demands more. I am comforted by the thought that I started out on this project less than a month ago, but hey it seems like much longer than that!
After the floor support detail I had time to add some more cross bracing for the bench seats.
I have never been able to capture the view properly with a camera, but this is the general idea in regards to the outlook from the deck.
Despite the fact that we are just half a week out from winter the unseasonably warm weather in Australia has our eggplant still producing fruit. We even have a confused cherry tomato out the back that has a crop on it.
Another bird shot to square things off...