Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Extreme Deck Building – Part 6

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

I’m so tired after this weekend that I’m going to make this brief, but so much happened that I can’t help but share it! Continue reading for more pictures and a list of everything we did!


Extreme Deck Building – Part 5

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Floor joists went in last night and decking began tonight…but we didn’t get very far. First of all, my power hungry radial arm saw did not like the outside 15amp power outlet. After tripping the breaker for the 3rd time I found a 20amp outlet in the kitchen and routed the thickest extension cord I could find through the kitchen window out to the patio…which thrilled Lisa, as you can imagine. Now that the saw could cut, we thought we were ready to go…until we went to install the first board.


Extreme Deck Building – Part 4

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Deck progress

Well… I sit and think about what to write when I can only think about how HUGE this structure looks. While we were sitting in the Jacuzzi tonight, Drew and I looked at each other thinking what have we done…this thing us just too big, but the guys have done such an amazing job!! Not only did they get the hardest part done (the raising of the biggest beams, with my Uncle Roger’s help), but it is completely square and perfect…they aren’t even off a 1/4 of an inch anywhere! I have to admit that I didn’t think Drew could pull this off, but he has come through with flying colors! What a macho man I live with!!!
Continue reading to see pictures of the completed frame!


Extreme Deck Building – Part 3

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

We’re making progress on the deck. Jeremy and I have been working on it every evening after work as we’re down to 2 1/2 weeks until the wedding (Jeremy and Christa’s, that is…in our backyard!). We put the side skirt on and then we went ahead and added the 4 joists that connect to the main posts to give the frame a little extra support. Then last night we built 2 of the 4 necessary 4×10, 18 ft long beams that go up top. You can see those in this picture:

Deck progress

We now have to build two more. Then these four beams need to be hoisted up top and slipped into the grooves at the top of the posts, one beam on each side of the posts. Needless to say, I think we’re going to need a couple more guys as they are definitly the heaviest part of the deck. We hope to get the beams up on Saturday so we can pour cement on Sunday. Check out our photo album here for more pictures.

Extreme Deck Building – Part 2

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Deck progress

At the end of the weekend, this is what the deck looked like. Not exactly square yet, but sides should go on tonight. Then Jeremy and I have to put the main support beams across the top and hopefully we’ll be ready to pour the concrete in the post holes by this weekend.
I’m just now starting to think we may pull this off…
See the rest of the pictures here or just visit “Projects” in our photo album link on the right. We’ll post more as we get them downloaded to the computer.

Extreme Deck Building – Part 1

Friday, March 16th, 2007

All of this:

shaded deck

…needs to become this:

shaded deck

…in 3 weeks.
Can we do it? I don’t even know myself! Stay tuned to find out…

Another day, another project…

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

What’s the project this time, well…fixing up, not redoing (like everything else) but fixing up our backyard for a friends wedding. Yep, you heard me right, a wedding in our backyard! Drew and I and even Justin have been hard a work trimming bushes and trees, laying new seed for the grass and looking at beautiful flowers to place in pots for that beautiful look for a spring wedding. But what is the “BIG”project that we have started??? Yep, start laughing because I am! I guess I should say that we are going to “attempt” to build a 16ft by 10ft shaded deck by the pool area. The picture really looks great and I can’t wait to see it in our backyard just off the cool decking by the pool.


My Newest Toy

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Craftsman Radial Arm Saw

I finally got it…my Craftsman Radial Arm Saw! One of two key tools that should be found in every woodworker’s shop. With this tool I can rip, cut, mitre, chop, angle cut, angle mitre, angle rip, mitre rip…ok, now I’m just combining words. But you get the point.
Of course, I also got a great deal on it too…found a woman in the area who was cleaning out late husband’s workshop. Went to see it last night, paid the cash, and will be picking it up this weekend! After all, can a man really have too many tools?
Now, what to build?


Sunday, June 25th, 2006


Lot before cleanup


Lot after cleanup

A story of what goes around…comes around. Remember the VW Bug for my mom? Well…mom got us this weekend!! It started with a trip up North to my mom’s that Drew and I were dreading untill I finally looked over to Drew and said, “We are NOT working on our lot this weekend.” Instead, we would enjoy the weather (if all possible, I mean it is ONLY 20 degrees cooler 😉 ) and our time together away with Justin. We felt better after that knowing we will hit it hard the next weekend when we go up together. We knew that there was a lot of work to be done on the lot…cutting lots of tress down, laddering the trees, picking up the dead and down (old dead logs on the ground) and a incredible amount of raking of pine needles and oak leaves. We thought we’d never get it done…until this past weekend…


Delivery of the bug!

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Before restoration:

The Old Bug

After restoration:

The New Bug

For Mother’s day, Lisa and I gave Lisa’s mom a Volkswagen bug. “WHAT!?!?!” you may be saying? The story goes way back to a dream that Lisa has had for many years…a dream to “bring back her mom’s original bug”. This past weekend we made this a reality! Keep reading for the whole story, and be sure to check out our pictures in our photo album HERE, or by clicking the above pictures.