Author Archives: Ms. Outdoor Living

Did You End Seal Your Entire Deck?

Something terribly wrong happened during the decking installation. Your deck looks shiny and is almost too slippery to walk on. Yes, end sealer was used instead of Ipe Oil.

We’ve actually seen this happen before. I’m going to help you resolve the issue so you can enjoy your deck the way it should.

This is not going to be an easy process, but your deck can be saved! Here’s what you need to do if you spilled end sealer onto your deck: Continue reading

How to Build a Bench Around a Tree

Framing a deck around a tree is a simple idea that can add a little extra character to your outdoor space. Building a bench around the tree is an excellent way to achieve this, plus, it give you extra seating outside for when you entertain your guest on those blissful summer nights

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How to Zombie Proof Your Home!

It seems like it’s inevitable, the zombie apocalypse is coming. So what are we to do when this doomsday approaches? We’ll zombie-proof our homes, of course!

Now you may be wondering why you’re on a decking blog reading about zombies, but if The Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that we can live amongst the undead.
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Wood of The Month: Cocobolo

Cocobolo is a stunning and unique hardwood that has become a prized material among woodworkers. Chances are you’ve seen this wood in many artisan products such as jewelry, executive pens, bowls, furniture and instruments! Cocobolo is a dense oily wood which polishes to a high gloss without any finish, a feature not many woods have. These oils present a challenge if you’re looking to glue Cocobolo, but using acetone to wipe down the joints will draw out the oils allowing you to use a two part epoxy to adhere pieces together. Cocobolo isn’t used in wind and string instruments solely because of its beauty. The wood itself has wonderful tonal qualities that help create a crisp sound.
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Trees for US – Why Restoring Our National Forests Matter

With tree planting efforts, we hope to restore all of the Ocala National Forest back to this.

With tree planting efforts, we hope to restore all of the Ocala National Forest back to this.

The Ocala National Forest is the southernmost forest in the continental United States. It covers over 383,000 acres of land and includes over 600 lakes, rivers, and springs.  This forest, which was founded in 1908, provides a sanctuary for several different species of animals, as well as an escape for the millions of residents in Tampa and Orlando.
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Poplar Wood Ceiling – Easy How-To

Having a wood plank ceiling is easier than you think. With a few tools and some elbow grease, you’ll have a gorgeous ceiling that will compliment your living space.

For this project the installer used some ¾”x5” Tongue & Groove Poplar that we custom milled for him. Poplar is a great hardwood because of its light weight even though it’s still classified as a hardwood. Poplar was chosen by the homeowner because of the many characteristics: holds paint well, doesn’t have knots that affect the finish later, is more stable and won’t warp, twist or shrink like pine does, and it’s considerably less expensive than cherry or mahogany. Installing the ceiling plants was fairly simple thanks to the fact that Poplar can be more forgiving when nailing the end of the boards during installation. The homeowner primed and painted Poplar prior to the installation and finished with another coat of paint and putty to fill the nail holes to give a uniform look.

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How to Build a Horizontal Ipe Fence

Ipe isn’t just for decking anymore. This versatile wood is perfect for a variety of outdoor projects because of its durability. Its strength and dimensional stability can make it a little harder to work with than other woods, but with a lifespan of 75 years, it’ll be worth it to put the little extra elbow grease into your project.

Today we’re going to show you how to build a fence out of Ipe. Not only will this give you added privacy, but it will look fantastic in your yard!

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