Tools for Porch or Deck Projects

What tools you need to keep porch or deck in repair.

1. FAST CUTS

SP6000J circular saw from Makita Power Tools. 

The pro-quality 6 ” plunge circular saw cuts through wood cleanly, leaving splinter-free, mirror-perfect end grain. The SP6000J has a powerful 12-amp motor. It’s capable of large cuts: up to 2 3/16” at 90 degrees, and almost 2″ at 45 degrees. Makita Power Tools, (800) 462-5482 makita.com

Altrufir Douglas fir porch decking.

2. ON DECK

Clear vertical-grain Douglas fir porch decking is a standard for long-lived porch floors. These tongue-and-groove boards measure 3 1/8” wide and come in lengths from 3′ to 12′. Altrufir, (877) 372-9663, dougfirflooring.com

3. ENRICH THE GRAIN

Thompson Timber Oil.

Protect and stain a porch floor or deck with Timber Oil, a triple blend of premium oils that penetrate the wood, protecting it from water damage, mildew, and UV degradation. Comes in five colors; $57.99 per gallon. Thompson’s WaterSeal, (800) 367-6297, thompsonswaterseal.com

4. TO FILL THE GAP

West System epoxy resin kit.

Bridge gaps and fill voids in damaged wood by combining 105 epoxy resin and 205 fast hardener. Mixed at a 5 to 1 ratio, the system forms a high-strength, moisture-resistant solid that can be sanded and shaped when cured. One gallon/one quart kit. West System, (866) 937-8797, westsystem.com

5. FOR ANGLED JOINERY

iGaging sliding T-bevel gauge from Rockler.

Transfer angles and lay out dovetails with the iGaging sliding T-bevel gauge. The 9″ blued-steel blade slides and locks in place with a comfortable knurled knob. The ebony handle set with brass wear strips is 6″ long. Rockler, (800) 279-4441, rockler.com


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