Wedding Arch

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Project by TampaMark posted 10-26-2014 12:54 PM 1320 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cypress arch for my niece’s wedding. It measured 8-feet tall by 9-feet wide (at the top). The opening where they stood under was around 6-feet wide. The wedding took place in my sister’s backyard in Lutz, Florida. We had magnificent weather for the wedding. You really couldn’t order a more perfect day.

For the design, the bride and I went back and forth with different ideas based on what she saw on Pinterest. We eventually took pieces of designs from several different arches she liked and came up with the finished product.

It was built to be removed as my sister originally didn’t plan on keeping the arch in her backyard. Once in place, she decided she wanted to keep it until the happy couple have a place of their own. Then it will be moved to their new home.

I originally had planned to leave the cypress natural and to let it age to a rustic grey color. After I cut the pieces, I thought it would be too light and decided to stain it a little darker. Because the wood wasn’t kiln dried, it was a little challenging to even out the stain.

Next time: I would probably either kiln dry the wood or buy the wood much sooner to let it dry out a little better. I would also change the design slightly. The cross-beams at the top of the arch would be extended by about 2-inches on each side. This would allow the curved end to not be flush against the long top board. The curved end cut fine, but was a little brittle when installing the arch on site. Amazing how much easier it was to assemble on my shop floor than 8-feet up in the air on a rickety old ladder!

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 05:24 PM

nice detail work. Good project posting.

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 11:04 PM

You must have had butterflies about the fragility of those curved bits breaking off with no go-back time to redo the project. I am happy for you the whole ceremony turned out great!

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 11:30 PM

Thank Dan.

Exel – I was a little nervous. They all fit like a glove on my shop floor. At the install, the first went in fine, but the second and third were too tight. One of the tails did chip a little, but I put that on the back side. I adjusted the clamps after the third and it went great after that.

As I was making the cuts in my shop, I had a feeling that the design might cause some issues. Unfortunately I had already cut two of the boards out and their was no going back. Live and learn.

My son is engaged and his fiancee leaned over as the ceremony was starting and asked about an arch for their wedding. We will not be making that mistake again.

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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