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How to Build a Tree-Encompassing Deck

Bring nature into your outdoor entertaining area with a deck built around existing trees.

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Dig Postholes

Refer to the string outline, and use a post digger to dig holes approximately 8 feet apart around the perimeter of the deck. For the center support posts, dig postholes 5 1/2 feet apart. All holes should be 2 feet deep.

Measure, Cut and Place Posts

Use measuring tape and a pencil to mark 4 feet on a 4x4 post (Image 1). Cut each post to size using a chop saw (Image 2). Place the boards in the holes (Image 3).

Configure Outside Frame

Place 2x6 pressure-treated boards along each side of the deck outline. Pre-drill holes for securing boards to 4x4 posts using a drill and a 1/8-inch wood drill bit.

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