Redwood gated arbor

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Project by greg48 posted 07-27-2011 09:52 PM 3472 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a long time in the making, but it is finally done (almost)! Starting with some reclaimed redwood water tank staves salvaged from an old logging town, cutting around most of the dry rot, nails, bullets, etc., I came up with this arbor for the bride (of 43 years). I probably could have purchased one as nice, but there is no gratification in paying off a Mastercard charge. All joinery is pinned mortise & tenon, or saddle joints, and rabbet joints. There are no metal pieces except the concrete fasteners at the base of the posts and the gate hinges. The “almost” qualification on the completion are the moldings around the bottom of the post to hide the galvanized straps, which I am cutting up now. I think I will use biscuits and glue on the beveled corners (no nails). The parting comment from the wife was ”...the fences look pretty bad now.” Oh well.

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

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 10:37 PM

Really nice!

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

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#2 posted 07-28-2011 01:02 AM

Really glad you went the reclaimed route. Quality redwood is hard to find and even harder on the enviroment. I have done some projects from reclaimed redwood and know the prep is almost half the time spent on the project. Glad to see you took the time to do it. Fantastic wood and the grain is wonderful. Like your joinery and design. After something like this the fence posts will be easy. And after all if the wife asks for it, it must require a new tool somehow, right? How can she say no?

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#3 posted 07-28-2011 04:03 AM

Greg, that is a beautifullly executed project with nice flowing lines and great balance from base to top. No I don’t beiieve you could of purchased something close to it! Your wife has a point. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the fence. Excellent job!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#4 posted 07-28-2011 04:18 AM

Terrific job Greg. I just love redwood also and you’re right. Store bought just doesn’t cut it. Thank for sharing.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#5 posted 07-28-2011 06:41 AM

This is great.

I don’t think you could have bought one that nice even if you wanted to.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 05:03 PM

Greg, Beautiful project! I love redwood, just did an arbor for a friend to help with blocking the neighbors sight-line view directly into the patio area. The pinned M&T joints are very nice!

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