…and my porch smells of rich mahogany

  Apparently our porch is made out of mahogany.  Who knew?  Somebody painted it brown and let big chunks of it rot away… and patched some (but not all) of those chunks with the softest […]

 

Apparently our porch is made out of mahogany.  Who knew?  Somebody painted it brown and let big chunks of it rot away… and patched some (but not all) of those chunks with the softest and cheapest of common pine.  Nuts to that… that’s not how we roll.

So I go down to Niece lumber in Lambertville (spoiler alert – this place is awesome) and turns out, mahogany is now cheaper than fir.  Bonus!  I treated all six sides of the 1 x 4 tongue and groove decking with Cabot Australian Timber oil.  Here you can see it all laid out in our garage on top of some trundle bed that we haven’t tossed out yet.  Works perfect for that… as a trundle bed, not so much.

All oiled up… the stuff looks like this.

Demo time!  The dremmel oscillating cutting tool really helps for cutting the old deck boards out when only one or two need to get yanked.  Can you tell which pieces were piece of crap pine?  Seriously?

Here’s a shot of the good stuff spliced next to some of the old painted stuff.  Someday I’ll pull the paint and finish the whole porch… someday…

…and here’s why I’m replacing some of the porch.  We’ve got some rot (not that much, considering how old the house is) which I addressed by sandwiching (mmm… sandwich) some pressure treated timber to the old stuff… and I’ll get to the rotted base of the column later.

In this shot you can see some of the field getting inset.  I would love to do more… but at $1.50 a foot, the stuff isn’t exactly cheap when you add it up.  I try to “feather” it into the porch where I can… this also gives a nice overview of my toys/tools.  That black hose is air for the pneumatic nail guns.  (Don’t tell anyone, but I actually haven’t nailed any of the new boards in yet… they fit together so well with the tongue and groove system that they’re not going anywhere, and I want to be able to take them up later this week when I add some more mahogany).

You’re looking at some new, some old and some PVC trim that I used to replace the rot at the base of the porch column.  Behind the PVC 1×4 is pressure treated 2×4 – for strength (like Guinness).

Boom, there’s the repair (before the cap piece went on – also PVC, by the way).

And here’s the finished patch for now… until I can get some more mahogany.  It’s too bad we can’t do the whole porch… but I’ll try scraping off some of the brown paint.  You might be asking, what the heck are those spring clamps for?  Did the porch need a jump-start?

…they’re for clamping the level to the edge of the porch so I can cut all of the edges flush with the circular saw.  I’ll get a picture next time.

 

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Ryan is an attorney, father, husband and tinkerer.