Blocking (3-in x 12-n) for the vehicular stringers .. all spiked nicely with 3/8" spikes. Stringers aren't glued down yet .. that weight is just to keep them in position while the glue dries on the blocking. The rest of the blocking won't show so they won't have spikes and will go in for the same purpose in the full-size pier .. to act as blocking!!!
Should start the deck tomorrow. I'm going to use craft sticks you can get at WalMart - called 'Skinny Sticks' .. they are - Birch? Anyhoo .. they measure .080-in x .250-in .. or .. 4-in x 12-in boards. Perfect for decking. Now .. THEY .. need to show wear .. so I will spend some time distressing them.
Framing complete .. pretty much. Still need to add some NBW here and there and do some weathering .. the usual but it came out pretty darn well level all around so I'm happy with that. Have most of the decking cut and pre-weathering started
This is really an awesome build Ed. I almost hate to see planking added to this deck hiding this detail.
Bob. Ha. It will be ok. The decking will go over the stringers that are close together. Note that the detailed bit there is only on the ends. The rest of that blocking is just .. blocking .. doing the same job as the full size version.
The other stringers .. the ones that are doubled will be where the ties go. They will be spaced enough for the details to show through the gaps.
Check this out. TM 5-551B Carpenter. This Army Manual is available in Google Books .. read online or download the PDF. This is a manual for Army carpenters so it goes really into detail .. Chapter 10 is Nonstandard Fixed Bridge .. trestles etc. shows step by step how to do it .. with pics. I mean .. with this book you could build one. Now .. THAT is cool. Chapter 11 is Timber Pile Wharves .. again .. since this is a manual to teach the solider 'how to' .. it is perfect for modeling. Well worth checking out!
I've found that Army manuals are really good for what we do. If you think about it .. we are trying to replicate in miniature what is done full size. These manuals assume that you don't know anything about the subject (caveat .. the Carpenter manual DOES assume you know what a hammer is .. things like that!).. and walk you through step-by-step.