Wooden deck

 
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Wooden deck

A wooden deck presents many objects more effectively. Building one isn’t rocket science. We’ll tell you how to do it.

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Have fun with our wooden deck! It could provide the perfect stage for your indoor plants. Or you could use it to liven up your patio. Or even add a raised area to one of your rooms. In fact, there’s no limit to the number of ideas you can come up with!

The substructure of our deck consists of two supports that bear the frame and the deck planks. The frame overhangs the substructure, so that the deck planks, which are screwed to the supports, are enclosed and aligned within the frame. If you want to build a larger deck, bear in mind that you will need an additional support for every 50 to 60 cm of deck.

The following construction guide applies to 27-mm-thick spruce glued laminated timber. You must adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or material with a different thickness.

Note that spruce timber, whether painted or varnished, is less weather-resistant than other types of timber. If you want to be certain of weather resistance, choose teak or robinia wood.

If possible, ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits
  • Countersink bit
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener
  • Sanding paper, grit of 120
  • Cloth

Required materials:

  • Glued laminated timber board, spruce
  • Square timber, spruce
  • Flat head screws
  • Wood varnish

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

3

Base planks

1,000 mm

135 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

1

3

Square timbers

1,000 mm

58 mm

38 mm

Spruce square timber

2

2

Frame surrounds, long

1,000 mm

85 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

3

2

Frame surrounds, short

1,054 mm

85 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

4

7

Deck planks

986 mm

135 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

5

approx. 45

Flat head screws, 4 x 60 mm

1

Assembling the supports

1 - Assembling the supports
Assembling the supports

Start by fastening the supports with screws. Each of the supports is made from a square timber combined with a base plank. The two outer square timbers are upright and aligned on the outside edge, while the centre square timber is positioned in the middle of the base planks. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), mount the square timbers from below through the base planks.

Tip for screwing together two wooden parts

In the piece where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter; the hole should be countersunk for the screw head. In the piece that you are going to drill second, pre-drill a hole that is always 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter. In the piece where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter; the hole should be countersunk for the screw head. In the piece that you are going to drill second, pre-drill a hole that is always 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter.

2

Mounting the frame and supports

2 - Mounting the frame and supports
Mounting the frame and supports Mounting the frame and supports

Lay the frame surrounds with the visible surfaces facing down in the way you want to assemble them. The short frame surrounds are enclosed within the long frame surrounds. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), join the surrounds to form a single frame. Refer to our tip on screwing together two pieces of wood in the previous section.

Now mount the supports so they are parallel with the long frame surrounds and flush below with the square timbers in the frame, as shown in our drawing. The base planks are facing upwards. Place the plank with the centrally-fastened square timber in the middle of the frame and the planks with the left and right-fastened square timbers to the left and right respectively.

Now use the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm) to fasten the supports in place. Refer again to our tip on screwing together two pieces of wood.

3

Mounting the deck planks

3 - Mounting the deck planks
Mounting the deck planks

Now pre-drill the deck planks in preparation for fastening them with screws. Position two holes in the centre above the square timbers (see drawing) and countersink the holes. Place the deck planks inside the frame on top of the supports using 7-mm spacer blocks and mount them in place with the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm).

4

Sanding the wood surface

4 - Sanding the wood surface
Sanding the wood surface

Take time to prepare the wood surfaces so they are in the best possible working condition before starting assembly.

First buff all edges with sanding paper with a grit of 120 at a 45° angle until a small bevel is created. Use your sander to sand all visible surfaces in the direction of the wood grain, first with coarse sanding paper (grit of 120, 180) and then with fine sanding paper (grit of up to 240).

Afterwards rub the surfaces with a damp sponge to wipe off the dust. Some loose wood fibres may protrude while the wood is drying. You can remove these with sanding paper with a grit of 180. The wood is now ready for surface treatment. Little tip: Make sure that the sanding paper is sharp enough to remove the wood fibres properly, not just flatten them.

5

Varnishing the surface

5 - Varnishing the surface
Varnishing the surface

First read the manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated and not used for smoking, eating or drinking.

Generously apply the varnish with a fine spray system and remove any excess varnish with a cloth. Observe the drying times specified by the manufacturer.

6

Done!

6 - Done!
Done!


Legal note

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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