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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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Mark for Tree Cuts

When decking boards approach each tree, use a jigsaw to cut them to the shape of the tree (Images 1 and 2). Secure and attach the boards with a drill and 2 1/2-inch decking screws (Image 3).

Clean and Stain Deck

Sweep and lightly wipe boards with a damp cloth or towel. Apply deck stain evenly with a roller handle, roller sleeve and extender pole. Allow approximately 1 hour between each coat for proper drying.

Add Finishing Touches

Add furniture to the deck once the stain is dry.

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