Whew! Finally! I gave it a final sweep again last night, and hung up my gloves on another project. My porch-deck. Before it was merely a slab of concrete and in michigan, that can be quite cold sitting out there barefoot while enjoying coffee. Plus, I happen to like the "rustic cabin" look. So my old schoolhouse has been slowly getting a new look. Beofre when we got it it had an 80 year old shed out back, plain white vinyl siding and no shutters. First I built the garage with my family in the summer of 04. Eight saturdays to be exact, working from 10 till 5. At the end of the project I had a 44X24 garage and I cooked up a whole wild boar for everyone to enjoy. Then last summer I took a day and built shutters for the window boxes and my dad did some flower boxes out of the same material. We hung em up and roasted a deer leg on an open fire... it was a good day. So July 4th, I had my dad come out with his chop saw and table saw (cause theyre better'n mine), and invited the whole family to watch ths deck get put together. I had all the wood cut by the amish from trees I picked out of their pile last fall. I planed each board on the deck and left all the other stuff rough cut (cause its so dern pretty). Each board was sanded routed and stained over the winter. I collected 3 and a half contractor bags of chips and sawdust- what a mess in my garage! Anyhow it all came together and by dark-thirty, I had a deck. To celebrate I smoked up slabs of ribs- 1 kc masterpiece, one dry rub, one red pepper and maple and one sweet baby ray. mmmm-mmm! I love doing projects and barbecues at the same time! Here are the pics of the house with the shutters, the porch deck, and the garage. I just love roughcut cedar with the natural red cedar stain! The wood IS the artwork. All Im doing is showing it to the world. And my wife still has not seen it yet!!!! LOL Thats funny... I showed it to you all before I emailed it to her. Have a good one! I earned a fishing trip for this one and so this weekend, jspiel, dreamcatcher, and I will be going out flatheading. enjoy. I know I will.