I'm building my first deck and have reached the last two deck floor
boards. I have a choice between ripping the second to last board or
the very last one. Either way the last board will have to be cut
around the vertical posts. The rip cut would be less than 2 inches.
Which would you do?
No matter what happens someone will find a way to take it too seriously.
Neither. I'd have increase the spacing just a tad so the last board was
either a perfect fit or damned close to it. Or closed them up to add another
If the boards are typical deck boards with a rounded edge you don't want to
rip it unless you can round the edge again. If you can't do that, put the
ripped edge to the outside.
Surely it IS looks. Look at he space between the boards. Note the rounded
edges. Now rip a board and put it in it's place. See how ugly it looks by
comparison. If the ripped edge is on the outside, it will not be next to
another board for the visual difference. . Yes, it is all about looks. if
you have a router and can put the round over back on, it will make no
I built a deck with EON (plastic deck boards). A tip in the instructions
said that if you can't fit the last deck board then just 'sister' onto the
last joist board to extend the deck so that the last deck board fits without
ripping. In your case maybe another 2x + 1/2 inch of something else to give
you 2 more inches.
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