Chinese Arbors (made from rotting wood)

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Project by Tom Goodman posted 04-07-2009 06:05 PM 3306 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is an Mother Advisor with the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls ( I.O.R.G.) here in Calif.
A nonprofit organization for girls 11 to 20 years of age.
So a couple of years back they were having an O.V. ( Official Visit ) one of many functions though out the year. And this one had a Chinese theme. So my wife volunteered me (something she dose a lot) to make the Arbors.

Knowing that this was a one time use. I didn’t want to spend a lot. So I got out some old Douglas Fir, 1×4’s and 1×6’s that was given to me when the lumber company I worked at went out of business. ( I was given some other stuff too, more on that another day).
A ¼ of it was good, another ¼ had some dry rot but usable, and ½ was …well …fire wood. (I don’t complain about any thing that’s free even fire wood)
So a little ripping, a little sawing and lot of sanding. I connected it all with a staple gun and some extra drywall screws that I also got free from the lumber company. And then of course a lot of red paint.
The size of these if I remember right was about 4’ wide by 2 ½’ deep and aprox 8 ½’ high.
It didn’t look to bad from a distant but you get within a couple of feet and you can tell that the wood was not of good quality.
After it was over someone donated $50.00 for two of them. Go figure

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#1 posted 04-07-2009 06:47 PM

These are cool. I can see somebody wanting these in their house with certain decors.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 04-07-2009 07:36 PM

The design would be great for an outdoor arbor.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 04-08-2009 12:06 AM

duh, $50 would be really cheap… even if they only lasted a couple of years, outdoors. Regardless of the quality of the wood… nice work and design.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 04-08-2009 12:58 AM

Great job. A fantastic desig.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 02:17 AM

wonderful work!! I would be ashamed to just donate $50.00 for even one. Should have got at least $75.00 for one.

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 04:37 AM

Nice work 50.00 given it was well worth it


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