How do you make a ‘rough sawn’ (see building terminology) timber post look good?
There are many ways to do this, ranging from elaborate detailing to the simple ‘leave it as it is’ approach. Do you want to know how the professionals achieve great results? In the simplest of cases, we run an electric planer over all the corners of the post to give them a bevel. Two things happen when you do this: firstly, you remove all the splinters and furry bits from the corners of the post. This makes the post a lot safer and much more attractive. Secondly, the sharpness of your timber post’s bevelled edges will fade after a week, giving it a natural look. It will look as if the bevelled edges were always there. As a finishing touch, we use a hand plane to run around the base of the post (as shown above) to remove any splinters. A hand plane is used rather than an electric planer to keep from chipping the corners of the post.
While you may have never noticed these sorts of little details before, it is this attention to detail that ensures your deck looks professional rather than amateur.