Step 6: Trim the last board

trimming the last replacement board
Photo: Kolin Smith
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The last replacement piece cannot be toenailed, so mark the location of each joist on the faces of the neighboring boards. Then cut off the bottom edge of the last board's groove so it can rest on top of the last exposed tongue. To do this, adjust the table saw's blade depth and fence position so this sliver of wood will be lopped off in one pass as you slide the tongue along the fence.
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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