This volume is a comprehensive study of deck building, from first idea to maintenance and repair 20 years hence. Detailed instructions are clearly written, and basic information useful to beginners, checklists, and chapter summaries are also included. Roy's lively style is encouraging, even as he notes the necessary precautions and the precision required during design and construction. Much of the information included here is also applicable to other types of construction, so the utility of this book is far beyond its title's focus. Profuse illustrations, tables, and a comprehensive index aid access to the text. Recommended for any library with do-it-yourself woodworker patrons, and particularly for those developing collections in this area.-- Alex Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.