Building an EPIC DECK — Part 2 FRAMING

Building an EPIC DECK — Part 2 FRAMING

Because I love yinz so much, I dropped part 2 of my EPIC deck-building series as fast as I could. During this build, I dodged some rain, used some huge tools, and had a total blast framing up the deck. Overall, turning this huge black canvas into the beginnings of a deck platform was extremely rewarding. 

So follow me as I take on my most challenging build yet! If you’re following along at home or want to try it out for yourself, be sure to take a look at my video below.

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Building an EPIC DECK — Part 2 FRAMING

Drilling Bricks

The night before the big build, my backyard got dunked on by heavy rain. So before I started, I needed to do some cleaning. Before framing the deck, I also needed to put down some felt paper to prevent weeds from growing in. Then, I needed to top it with gravel to keep the deck nice and clean. For the posts, my team laid out some brackets in a straight line using some strings and math. Then, I rough cut my three large beams to size before leveling and squaring everything off of them. 

The following day, the rain came again and completely kicked our asses. But that didn’t stop us from adding concrete to the walkway, getting the joist handers up, and building the beams.

Don’t forget to take a look at the full video for a complete step-by-step breakdown of this crazy build! 

Tools and Materials

John Malecki Reviews the Tools and Materials He Used for This Build

Drilling Bricks

My videos are proudly sponsored by Woodcraft — a top destination for the best power tools and accessories in the country. For your next big woodworking project, make sure you head to Woodcraft for all of your supply needs. I also want to thank Timberland PRO for always supporting my crazy woodworking projects and being my number 1 resource for durable, high-quality boots. 

Pit Boss

This video was fueled by Pit Boss. Pit Boss offers wood pellet grills perfect for backyard BBQ parties and outside dinners. Cooking tools, cast iron cooking supplies, and fuel are also sold to help you BBQ some delicious ribs and hamburgers as you bask in the Pittsburgh heat. 

As part of my current giveaway, you can enter to win a Pit Boss Pro series combo now. The content ends August 10th and the winner will be announced on August 12th. 


All of our fasteners were supplied by Simpson Strong Tie. If you aren’t familiar with them, they rule. In addition to structural fasteners, Simpson also offers wood connectors, Strong-Wall® Shearwalls, anchoring systems, and more. 

Tools and Product Affiliates

Check out some of my top tools and product affiliates here. 

- Woodworking Tools 

- Metalworking Tools 

- Favorite Finishes

- My Camera Gear

Deck Series

Here’s what I used to build my epic new deck. 

- Simpson Strong Tie Deck Software

- Simpson Strong Tie

- Trex Decking

- Trex Rain Escape

Extra Supplies

Check out some of my merchandise, build plans, and go-to safety glasses.

- Merchandise 

- Plans 

- Safety Glasses 

Deck Build Part 1

Don’t forget to check out the rest of my Deck Series videos: 

- Building an EPIC DECK Pt. 1 — Demolition 

- Deck Series Playlist

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