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Summer proper has arrived, and it deserves an appropriate platform. A few weeks ago, I finished this cedar-clad deck, with broad capitol steps at both ends and a built-in bench on the open side. The footprint for this deck is about 16' x 24', good for big parties or outdoor dinners. The steps, which have a deep run and a shallow rise, are a mega-stoop, designed for lounging. One might build a small cabin or 3-sided Adirondack-style shelter on a platform this size -- just buy 12-16' posts instead of 8-footers and use them to support a simple roof. 

While made for a specific site, the structural strategies and construction techniques illustrated here are broadly applicable. We built this with basic hand tools -- just a hammer, a circular saw, and a screw gun, nothing too fancy. Adapt, tweak, and twist this Instructable to your own ends. Also, keep in mind that there are dozens of different ways to build a deck; this is merely one method, explained with the amateur carpenter in mind.

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You will need these materials:

200' stringline
6 8' PT (pressure-treated) 6x6s  (9 if the deck is free-standing)
7 8' PT 4x4s
Approx. 6 80 lb bags Quickcrete per 6x6 and 3 per 4x4
4 12' PT 2x12s
14 8' PT 2x12s
4 12' PT 2x10s
38 8' PT 2x10s
8 12' PT 2x4s
30 8' PT 2x4s
Assorted random 2x4s for stakes and batter boards
Approx. 65 16' x 5/4 cedar deck boards
15 lbs. 2-1/2" deck screws
5 lbs. 3" deck screws
5 lbs galvanized joist hanger nails
5 libs galvanized 3" ring-shank 16D sinkers
50 4-1/2" LedgerLok lag bolts
14 corner brackets
72 2x10 joist hangers
Box of 25 Red Head masonry anchors, if attaching to masonry building

You will need these tools:

Tape measure
Line level
4'-6' level
Speed square
Framing square
Ratchet set
Posthole digger
Circular saw
Masonry drill 

choward212 years ago
ShamWerks2 years ago
Beautiful, I love it!

I'm just concerned by your wooden posts seating directly into the concrete, I'm afraid the wood will rot after a few years... And wouldn't the contraction/expansion of the wood crack the concrete?
I would have used metallic plates to bolt the posts on the concrete after it had dried, or at least put a couple of layers of tar coating on the bottom of the posts if I was to sink them in concrete.
Well, just my 2 cents, I'm saving a link to this instructable for ater use! Great job! :)
Phiske2 years ago
Isn't life soooo much easier with impact drivers and ledger locks. They are super expensive but worth the cost if you're in business trying to make time!
Nice instructable!
chuckyd2 years ago
Five things:

The scre jig is a great idea.

Why didn't you use cedar for the framing, too?

Great work on layout and assembly.

You should have a handrail on both ends of the stairs.

The handrail should be graspable from the top to the bottom fo the stair, and should extend one tread plus one foot past the top of the stair. Fully graspable means that the support should be on the bottom. Such support brackets are readily and cheaply available at all big box stores.

Oversized aggregate in the concrete will lead to cracking and possibly disinigration of the footing. I know this is done by residential home builders, but it's still a bad practice.
Phiske chuckyd2 years ago
Price check cedar 2x10's and you'll see why it's almost never used on the framing! Also it's just not necessary. The structure is almost completely concealed as far as aesthetics go. Pressure treated lumber lasts a long time albeit with more chemicals but not as much as years past. You'd be hard pressed to find a deck that's not built with pressure treated lumber.
Having said that, it sure would be cool to build with just cedar though!
The Rambler2 years ago
Very nice. I'll have to revisit this one when I have the money to put a deck on my house.
cobourgdave2 years ago
Well executed. Like the design and description of work.
AWJ82592 years ago
Ninzerbean2 years ago
What a project! What an improvement too.