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finishing up. couple more days and everything will tight. Had to hurry to get it sealed have rain coming.



still plugging ss screw holes everything is blind fastened.


nice flat and straight, spent a lot of time fixing the framing ( 1 week )



this is the back of the bench, no one will see it but it looks good,



sunlight shows the wood variations , yours truely there, thought I lost that winter fat any way it a fun little project and thought I would share it.
Thanks Butch
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that is one nice deck there, I thought it was on a boat so I was intrigued, good job!!
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Looks a lot like Cumaru. We oiled our cumaru stairs and rails with a product called Pentafin, but has not lasted very long. The grain in the wood also seems to be opening up more as it dries, which I guess is to be expected. Still beautiful, but I don't think ours had as much variation in colors as what you have there, so may be a different wood. The cumaru is also called Peruvian Teak. Much less expensive than IPE, which supposedly is Brazilian Teak. Any other names you know of your material than Tiger Wood.
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ipe is brazilan walnut, and is not supposed to be cut anymore at least what suppliers here have told me, I have worked with cumaru and it will eat you up the sawdust will bring up a rash on your arm if you are sweating. here is a link which is what I use for customers it is a scale on hardness and is pretty well know and it lists the different names of the wood, a lot people don't know exotics and that is how names get "made" up.This is the "Janka Hardness scale"

http://www.countyfloors.com/about_janka.html

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That's a real beauty your sport'in. What is the purpose of the inlay? Great contrast! What blind fastener system did you use?

That is clearly not the tigerwood I'm aware of. I know of the blond wood with dark, very long (almost black) streaks.

If it is IPE (aka many other names) It looks great in finish. I've always left it natural for the ease of maintenance. What is the finish? My experience with Penafin is less than stellar. The stuff attracts black mold like steel to a magnet but looks outstanding for the first 2-3 years.
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That's a great looking deck Butch. Wish some of my customers would let me do some custom work like that. Nice!
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That sure is pretty
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Really pretty deck.... Nice setting too!
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Rob, I take it what Butch did was pre drill each screw hole with a bit similar to these
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...at=1,180,42240
then screwed the planks down the ss screws and then dowel pluged each hole to match.....he probably match the grains as well.

Butch, Beautiful looking job, did you do it all yourself? I noticed the miter work too.
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No Garett, I don't think so from what I see. We just finished a porch along the front of a house using IPE and a blind fastener system who's name escapes me. It used a biscuit jointer and plastic clips. It really is a very nice system. Of course it wouldn't work of his face frame where You can see the plugs and most likely matching of the grain.
Problem with IPE is that it's so hard even if you screw it down you need to predrill every hole. I think it sinks in water.
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Beautiful!
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Thanks all for the comments, Mist-Rest the fastner system is made by Swan here is a link http://www.swansecure.com/ it uses the biscut system with a ss trim head screw , I ordered the deck boards already rabbeted to save labor and on the the band and stairs I countersunk and plugged and on the benck I used the the Kreg jig to hide those screws and Gorilla glue in all of the joints. I hate callbacks
The finish is Cabots Timberwood Natural oil wiped with a mit, one coat is all and you have to apply it light since it is oil it does not set if you have to thick all it will do is get "gummy". Too many people try to apply it like poly and "lay" it on.Shouldn't have ploy on a deck anyway. The rock inlay is for a portable firepit , one of those freestanding units with a screen on top of it.
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You made a deck out of Tiger Woods? ;?

Seriously, that looks really nice. I think I like the stone foundation even more than the deck. Is that real stacked stone or just a cultured stone facing?

The winters here would destroy that finish and our building codes would require a railing spoiling the clean lines. Looks great where you are though!

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