Jan's Day Off: Raven Hood Deck Re-Dressed - West Wind Hardwood

We built in 1988 and moved into a home that was, at its best, considered 60% finished…at least in Shelley’s view.  Two out of three bedrooms were finished.  Kitchen had no upper cabinets; lower cabinets were just carcases with no shelving or doors.  Two out of three bathrooms were unfinished and for doors we hung old curtains.  Of course baseboards were nowhere on the horizon, but what we did have was a wonderful brand new 400 Sq.Ft. clear Yellow Cedar deck; specially built for my sister’s wedding in August 1989.  We were the hosts for this gala event!

***Note for any legally concerned readers.  We were authorized tenants with a proper occupancy permit well in place!

The Wedding Deck 1980's

The Wedding ~ The Deck ~ The 80’s

A little difficult to see because it’s so clearly yellow!

A little difficult to see because it’s so clearly yellow!

For twenty-six years it stood the demands of a typical family and multiple pets.  It was however plagued with problems due to corrosion of the fasteners causing rot.  The wood plugs let go, water seeped under and voila….water in a place that was not meant to be.

Finally in 2009, after investigating various repair ideas; even contemplating the replacement of the entire deck with ipe, I decided to deal with the original cedar.  Although the yellow cedar had a weathered patina, it was only 1/16” deep and the interior wood was pristine.

I decided to cut out all the ‘bad’ parts including the wood blocks underneath, and 250 pieces later, the deck was better than new!  This time I used stainless steel screws where needed and larger wood plugs inserted with our ecopoxy glue.  Good old-fashioned galvanized deck nails were used for the new wood blocks needed underneath where there were no supporting joists.

I opted to give a fresh coating of Ipe Oil and five-years later you can see “the good, the bad and the ugly” has weathered to a consistent beautiful grey.  No further refreshments needed!

The 2009 Fix:

All Grey Again in 2014

  aged yellow cedar deck  Aged yellow cedar deck


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