Up with the deck!

Autumn into winter, 2007

Advice from Adrian meant Steve and Glyn could make a start on the frames. After measuring up and making plywood templates, a couple of visits to Grimsby resulted in several pieces of good oak bends being brought to Matlock, where Steve started to fashion the new frames on the kitchen table! Beverley started thinking about an alternative solution.

Returning to Woodbridge the frames could be put in place, at last, some new wood going in rather than rotten wood coming out! But then, there are more long deliberations. What can we do about the deck? Repairs to the counter stern are deemed impossible with the deck in situ.

So, careful slicing between the teak planks and extraction of the screws means that we now have a large pile of teak in pretty good condition, albeit in need of a good clean-up! The ply deck was lifted to form a pattern for future reference and the teak marked with chalk and stored in neat bundles.

At last, Paul will be able to see what he’s doing and have space to work!

Back in Derbyshire, the kitchen table is proving rather too small for the task in hand, but there's a solution. We decide to proceed with plans for a workshop in the garden, which necessitates constructing a large deck.

Planning applications submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council, are eventually accepted, so we’re ready to proceed with a ‘winter build’. Dave was engaged to build the deck, with Simon helping and Beverley keeping everyone happy with mugs of tea. From the workshop or deck one has a spectacular view across the rooftops to the other side of the valley, providing an excellent vantage point and place to work!

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