Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Friday, July 3, 2009
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The question this week was about using a router on the edge of Ipé. Specifically, our customer wants to use a router on the top railing to cut a fancy design. I checked with the millworks guys and they confirmed using a Router is no problem at all. They told me it is easier than Pine as the Brazilian woods are so dry they do not clog up the router bits. I told them specifically the customer would be using a hand held router. Again they said no problem. While Ipé is hard, it is still easy to work with. If you want to do some router work on Ipé, Jatoba, or any of the hardwoods we sell you should be pleased with the results. For information on buying Brazilian Decking go to www.abswood.com
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I had a customer contact me about Brazilian Hardwood. They really loved the colors, grain, and hardness. They specifically wanted Jatoba as the beautiful red color would compliment their existing home. The problem they were facing was a concern of the cost of Brazilian hardwoods. On the phone we had a discussion of the true cost of any deck or dock. What we concluded was that the decking is not the only consideration when it comes to costs. Actually, a deck has many costs at many levels. To name a few are;
- Time you are shopping for, and pricing decking
- Time to pickup the decking (or cost to have it delivered)
- Removing the original decking - do not forget disposal
- Replacing rotten or damaged joists on a rebuilt deck
- Insuring foundation is level - checking footers
- Installing the beams and hanging the joists on a new deck
- Installing the new decking
- ACQ Screws will cost you about $150 for 300 sq ft of deck
- Installing the railing posts, railings, and balusters
- Wrapping the deck
You can see from this list that the decking boards are actually just one component in the building of a deck. In addition, their is a large amount of time, either the DIY or a contractor involved. However, the most visible part of a deck is the decking. That is what your family and guests will see. Once we came to this conclusion, the customer bought his Jatoba.