Arbor/Trellis #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by greg48 posted 03-18-2011 06:49 PM 2623 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good day fellow LJ’ers. I’m starting off with a new honeydew project (#2/2147) to build a redwood arbor/trellis that my wife saw a picture of in one of her several home improvement mags. I sized it for our opening and drew up plans using Sketchup and plan to utilize pegged tenon and saddle joinery instead of the bolt & screw methods used on commercial products (see following pic).

I’m using portions of an old redwood water tank that I helped salvage several years ago grossing ~1500 bf of clear all heart planks approximately 2 1/2” x 7 1/2” x 18’ (ring count varies from 16-32 rpi). I run into areas of dry rot and foreign objects (nails, bullets, etc.) which leads to significant fall down in net recovery, but the usable portions are beautiful indeed. See folowing pic’s.

Progress will be slow as I need assistance in the shop handling large pieces through the saws and planer, but I will keep you posted.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 03-18-2011 09:41 PM

I like the design. How big is it?

Amazing wood.

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#2 posted 03-18-2011 09:42 PM

I like the design, and the recycling


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#3 posted 03-18-2011 09:51 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Greg, this is a great design and also one of those projects that I need to do for my wife as well…. I’ll be watching your progress. Looks like some beautiful redwood there !!!

I like your avitar!!!! That is the kind of hammer I need, If I don’t get it with one side, hopefully the other will get it !!! LOL

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 04:05 PM

This would go over well on our sister site for gardeners as well as the other one for home refurbishers. A triple threat!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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