|Project by Lenny||posted 11-12-2014 12:09 AM||1333 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
Credit for photos 1, 2 and 3 goes to: Summer Street Photography
One of my daughters got married last month. She asked if I could/would make a garden arbor in front of which she and her, then, fiancé would be married. I of course gladly took on the task. She found the arbor she wanted and I sent for the plans. She asked for a deviation from the plans in that instead of a trellis effect on the sides, she wanted x-bracing. Cypress was my wood of choice, for its outdoor properties. The arbor will one day adorn their yard. The posts are about 2-3/4 inches square and 8 feet tall. Two posts with x-bracing in between make up a side that is 28 inches wide. I left a space on each side, about five feet up, where a plaque with dates will be placed. The distance between the two sides is 70 inches. The arches are made from 6/4 stock and are 82 inches long. While construction adhesive was used in areas, the primary means of joinery is nuts and bolts and screws. I love cypress, have used it on a few projects and prefer it finished natural (marine varnish or the like). My daughter wanted the arbor stained. As it was her wedding, I stained it. She picked out Minwax Early American. I have to say, when I saw the arbor adorned in her wedding flower colors, I knew immediately that she made the right choice. With the greenery behind it and the flowers adorning it, the stain was the perfect tone to bring it all together. Natural would have been to “white” or to bold and would not have blended in well.
My daughter also asked if I would make a small box for the wedding rings. Again, she provided a photo of what she wanted. I had a length of Spanish cedar measuring about 2-1/2 inches square. I chopped out a piece about 2-1/4 inches long, drilled a hole for a 1/8 inch brass rod, rounded the corners and then sliced out the lid. I used a forstner bit to drill out the space for the rings and it was basically done. My daughter used a wood burning tool to add the inscription by hand.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI