Step 4: Matching new boards to the old

matching new boards to replace the old
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Vertical—grain Douglas fir is widely used for porch decking because it’s fairly rot- and dent-resistant, easy to work, and stable, so it holds paint well. When this porch deck was laid, boards of clear, quartersawn Douglas fir were readily available. These days, the same wood can still be had (though at a much dearer price), but the nominal milling dimensions now are 1x4, 1x6 (3/4 in. by 3½ or 5½ in.), 5/4x4, and 5/4x6 (1 in. by 3½ or 5½ in.). An experienced carpenter can mill the new boards down to size on a table saw, or you can do it yourself. (See Resizing New Floors)
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    Tools List

    • belt sander
      BELT SANDER
    • hammer
      HAMMER
    • circular saw
      CIRCULAR SAW
    • table saw
      TABLE SAW
    • demolition chisel
      1-INCH DEMOLITION CHISEL
    • flat prybar
      PRY BAR
    • nailset
      NAILSET

    Shopping List

    1. DECKING

    2. OIL-BASED PRIMER

    3. POLYURETHANE CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

    4. STAINLESS STEEL RING—SHANK SIDING NAILS

    5. WOOD PUTTY

    6. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER

    7. TACK CLOTH

    8. OIL—BASED DECK PAINT