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New Cedar Deck With Railing

Beams

Beams

Beams - A cedar deck is not normally built all cedar because cedar is weak (but long lasting and beautiful). Thus the beams and joists (not shown here) which hold up the deck are normally made from treated wood. Theses are usually hidden completely so appearance does not matter


Footings

Footings

The concrete squares below the beams that the posts rest on are called footings. The posts are attached with a metal base that is bolted to the footing. This post is off to one side so that another post can be added in the center later for a future roof. This future roof will need the stronger support of the center position


Before Installing End Joist

Before Installing End Joist

Should be showing a picture of many joists running between beams but I forgot to take it. So this is where the other end joist will be installed. The beam has its members staggered to allow screwing into both pieces from both directions for extra strength. Hard to see but note how the end has a shorter piece


End Joist

End Joist

The double 2x6 running to the right is the first joist. All of the joists will run this way. The other 2x6s running down is the front beam. This first joist is double because it needs extra strength. There is not another one further out to share the weight like the later joists in the middle


Finished Deck

Finished Deck

Finished deck with railing. This is one style of railing. It is strong but one side (inside vs. outside) looks different. The other common style looks the same from both sides but the balusters can turn and twist. The balusters are the skinny pieces that run up and down


Finished Deck - Another View

Finished Deck - Another View

All done


Finished Deck - Railing

Finished Deck - Railing

You can see the difference between the inside and outside of the railing here. Both sides of the railing look good, just a little different. Either side can be placed inside or outside according to preference


Finished Deck - Inside View

Finished Deck - Inside View

This deck is still unstained and unsealed. Fresh cedar is too wet to seal for a few months. A deck made of treated wood planks needs even more time before seal and/or stain


Finished Deck - Other Inside View

Finished Deck - Other Inside View

This deck is still unstained and unsealed. A clear sealer can be used which darkens the wood only a little. This leaves a rich cedar color


Finished - Side View

Finished - Side View

All done. This deck is still unstained and unsealed. The owners could opt for a darker brown or red colored stain. Or keep the color light


Finished - Other Side View

Finished - Other Side View

Everything done. When the deck is ready to be sealed later, it will need to be cleaned first.


Side - Another View Angle

Side - Another View Angle

Finished