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Project by Lenny posted 11-12-2014 12:09 AM 1333 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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grizzman

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 12:21 AM

looks great lenny, both the arbor and the ring box, with all that green there, it looks like ALABAMA….lol..hope your doing well…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 01:57 AM

Bravo Lenny !
That came out spectacular my friend.
Made even more special by the occasion.
Looks like you are really on top of your game !

-- Eric, central Florida

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 02:09 AM

Looks like it came out awesome! Great day in the life of a future grandpa ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Lenny

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 02:15 AM

Thank you Grizz, Eric and Bob. I’m already a Grandpa Bob, compliments of my other daughter but this one will want to have a child soon.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Woodenwizard

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 03:12 AM

GREAT JOB Lenny! No project too small or to large. I agree the stain really added to the overall look. If I remember right your daughter’s artistic eye helped with some other projects of yours too. A great combination and treasures for a life time.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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littlecope

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 09:08 AM

Great Job Dad and Congratulations to the Happy Couple!
They will enjoy that for many years to come!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Lenny

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#7 posted 11-12-2014 11:41 AM

Thank you John and Mike. You have a great memory John. Both of my daughters are artistically inclined and I do often turn to them for advice.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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SPalm

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#8 posted 11-12-2014 12:33 PM

Well that is just wonderful Lenny. Well done.

And it is really neat to be able to take that home from the wedding and put it in the yard. What a nice memory that will instill.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Roger

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#9 posted 11-12-2014 02:20 PM

Very nice Lenny. A special something/s for a special day.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 11-12-2014 09:33 PM

Lenny that shop of yours just keep turning out sweet project one after another, and this one will have a fond memory in your daughters heart for years to come. Your shop investment has been a wise choice given your love for the wood and may I add kind heart, thanks for sharing over the years…BC

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Lenny

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#11 posted 11-12-2014 09:44 PM

Thank you Steve, Roger and Wilson. I’m so glad she asked me to make these items. As you say, they will be a part of her memory of her special day.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 11-12-2014 10:12 PM

Great job Lenny!

Congrats.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Napaman

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#13 posted 11-13-2014 04:23 AM

Beautiful…I HOPE YOU WERE CAREFUL WITH THE AMOUNT OF LAQUER you used! (remember “Meet the Parents 1”)...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Lenny

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#14 posted 11-15-2014 04:15 PM

Thank you Lee and Matt.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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