You don’t need to be a carpenter to build a circular deck. If you know the basic way of using carpentry tools you’ll have no problems setting one up for your home.
Required Tools and Materials
- Wood stock
- Nuts and bolts
- Screws and nails
- Pain or stain
- Cement mix
- Tape measure
Planning and Preparing the Site
Make sure you know exactly what you want it to look like. Set down on paper the scale and location. When the site is set, put some stakes around the perimeter. Let this serve as a guide so you don’t lose track of the scale when you start to build a circular deck.
Create the Foundation
Pour cement into the ground. This is to give it a solid foundation. Cut a 3” wood and set on the surface. The bigger the structure, the more support beams you’ll need. Cut a beam 1” diameter and set it in the middle of the site. Remember for every one foot of deck there should be one of these 1” supports.
Create the Platform
Dig a hole 4” deep and 8” sq. Pour some concrete and add a rebar. There will be about eight inches exposed. Make a support and put it in place. Drill an opening and insert the rebar there.
Create the Frame
Proceed to build a circular deck by getting some 4 x 4 wood. Fasten one 4 x 4 for every one of the beams in place. If needed, use a metal plate (shaped like a T) to hold these pieces together.
Create the Floor Surface
Use solid deck flooring as it is more stable than the tongue and groove type. 2 x 4 wood boards are best suited here. To ensure stability, countersinking screws is recommended.
Add the Rails and Stairs
Make the proper indentations for the railings. Making them on your own can be complex. The same can be said for the stairs. For this reason, most of those who build a circular deck buy pre-built rails and stairs. If you want to make your own, slice them from the wood stock.
Coating the Structure
For best results get all purpose types. These aren’t just attractive but also give the deck protection. When using stain, adding sand is recommended. This helps in making the steps less slippery. After painting and coating, allow it to dry. That is the last step in the project.
Tips and Warnings
Wear eye goggles when cutting wood stock. You’ll be doing a lot of cutting and splinter will fly off. So keep yourself safe by wearing goggles. Workmen’s gloves are also used to protect your hands from cuts or wounds.
Coating helps but only so far as the wood material is actually good. Avoid purchasing wood stock that are too rough.
Sweep the area after you work. You don’t want any splinter or nails lying around which could be picked up by a child or pet.
If you follow these instructions you’ll be able to build a circular deck. Once it’s completed, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.