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honeycanya

05:40PM | 08/07/05
Member Since: 08/06/05
Looking to build a hot Tub surround for a 6Ft circular hot Tub. Would like some tips for making the deck fit around the tub. Is there a simple way to cut and fit pices of wood to make a 6FT circle. OR is it simpler to just build a frame and cut the boards to make a circle? If the deck boards run out from the spa for boards would need to be cut to form a curve. I am interested in building 6 or so platforms that surround the spa. ANY IDEAS to get the circluar look would be helpful.

fool4jesus

05:33AM | 08/09/05
Member Since: 06/20/05
I don't think you want just a square frame around it: it would leave way too much overhang of the boards: 15.75" at the corners.

So make a square frame, but put diagonal boards across the corners to form an octagon. If you leave 2" space between each edge of the 6' hot tub and the square frame, and you make all sides of the octagon equal, then according to my calculations, the 8 sides of the octagon will each end up being 31.5" long, and it will leave a maximum gap of about 3-1/8" between the edge of the tub and the 8 corners of the octagon.

< gary

Lollygagger

07:21PM | 08/11/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
I would make the deck boards radiate from the tub.

Like this: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a117/Les_Digits/hottubdeck.jpg

You could make a 7' square section in which the tub is centered.

Frame the opening up close to the tub to support the short deck boards using 2X6, which would be tangent to the tub

Like this: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a117/Les_Digits/framing.jpg

fool4jesus

05:10AM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 06/20/05
Lolly, sounds interesting. I'd like to see the pictures, but the links don't seem to work for me. I'm curious how they would radiate if you don't make an octagon around the tub - where would those short joists anchor to?

Lollygagger

06:40AM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
the framing next to the tub would be an octagon within the 7 foot exposed square. The links are valid (I just checked).

email me & I'll send you the sketches.

[email protected]

honeycanya

10:03AM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 08/06/05
great suggestions, now for the building portion.

Again thanks

Honeycanya

BV011870

01:59AM | 06/08/16
Hi Lollygagger, can you also send the sketches to me if you dont mind ta.

[email protected]

Many thnaks.

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