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Old 07-12-2010, 12:23 AM   #1666
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I had removed the legs for the drilling of the bolt holes and was adjusting the planer for one of the stair treads I was working on.

For some reason, it was very sticky being adjusted downwards. I found a new can of spray grease (not what I usually use) and went to give a small shot to each of the four posts.

The first one missed the post completely, and somehow managed to travel all the way over to the back of the arbutus table.

I thought it was one of those mist type sprayers, but noooooo, it shoots a tight stream about 10 feet or more.

Right away, quick like a bunny, I grabbed some paint thinner and tried to wash the hundreds of little grease spots off the back of the board. Thank goodness it was the back!

I think I had the thinner on the board in less than a minute, but it may not have been quick enough. I took this pic about four or five minutes after I had tried to remove the grease spots and the paint thinner had started to evaporate from the wood.

I thought about applying a small amount of the spray to a rag and rubbing the posts with that. Of course I didn't think about that until after the damage was done.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:55 PM   #1667
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Grease or not, I put a very thinned out coat of varnish on last night, and another this morning.

Usually, the second coat will seal the wood fully, but not so far. It might be the more open pore structure of the wood where it had the fungal growth, or perhaps the varnish was too thin.

In any case, this is only the back of the table, so once it is well sealed, I will flip it and get started on the front. At least two more undiluted coats I would think.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:59 PM   #1668
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Spent a little while cleaning up the mess at the end of the deck. It wasn't so hard to do after all.

Got some good solid 2" thick backing in behind the new siding...as that is where one of the posts will be bolted on.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:04 PM   #1669
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Also covered the protruding section of deck with cedar. Added a double plywood part ring on top of that.

Next up will be to add some framing to hold the top plywood rings in place.

I think I shall try to have a light inside the end circle to light the stairs. I'm going to have to do some design work to get all the details worked out about that first.
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must feel good to get areas buttoned up. really lookin good
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Thanks tp...yes, you know how it is when there's just some little annoying thing unfinished, the whole area looks awful.

I have all the wood ready for that round thing at the end of the deck, just now staining the last pieces. It should be up by the end of the day.
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pictures are required or it didn't happen.
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OK, here it is from behind the fence, with the light on...the light at the bottom is from the sunset.
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...and now, I suppose, you want all the juicy details?
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OK then...the first thing after the design work was done, was to start on the framing for the round thing. I think I will have to refer to it as a plant stand, because that is the first thing the wife said after it was put together.

She never misses a trick if there is somewhere to put yet another plant. Not that I really mind of course.

The framing begins!
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You see above where the two longer 2 x 4's go? Well, that has given the plant stand great rigidity...an added bonus.

The front part - towards the stair side - is meant to be a light to illuminate the stairs. So the framing at the top has to provide something to have some boards nailed on to keep the light aiming lower.
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Here the light has been fixed to the underside of the top plywood circle and wired in. I mounted a switch at the top of the plant stand on the stair side. It's unobtrusive yet convenient to reach.
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Now we're getting started on the thin siding boards.
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