This timber deck creates an entertainment area perfectly in sympathy with a sloping, bushy or rocky site. It incorporates a bench that doubles as a handrail. The deck is constructed in a series of platforms which descend in 150 mm steps. A drop of this size is ideal; anything smaller is difficult to see and could cause the unwary to trip.
The diagram shows the basic construction with recommended timber sizes and spacings. Instead of being solid, the posts are built-up which allows the braces and seat supports to be easily and firmly fixed between them with galvanized nails or bolts. The joint between the top of the brace and the seat support should be epoxy-glued and screwed with 75 mm galvanized or brass screws.
The back rest doesn’t have to be vertical; if you would prefer it to be tilted, cut a slight bevel on the top of the posts. The posts are held at the bottom with post brackets and coachscrews. The finishing of the deck is optional. In this instance, the timber was left untouched so that it blended into the natural surroundings. If treated radiata pine were used, this could be a problem because it twits and cracks alarmingly in external applications. Tallow wood or brush box will better withstand the elements but all timbers are affected adversely by direct sunlight.