|Project by Flip||posted 02-13-2008 06:44 AM||6229 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
A friend, who knew I do artistic furniture, asked me if I could make a curved structure for her garden. She wanted it for a privacy screen, something curved and artistic. She had bought some willow fencing pre-made, 5’ high x 16’ wide and asked if I could incorporate it in the structure. I drew a design using cedar posts. I thought about using naturally bent cedar trees, but they were too hard to find. I decided to bend the posts somehow. I made a sample by bandsawing a 4” x 9’ cedar post into strips, making a form and bending and gluing it back together. It Worked!! I made 2 different forms, 1 a simple curve for the willow fence support rails, and another S shaped form for the top parts. I used a Logman Tenon Jig with my router and made 2 3/4 round tenons on the 5” posts, and 2” tenons on the 3” posts. I laid it all out and driled the holes in the upright post and set it all up in my backyard. I also made a bench on one ond, with cedar branches for the back. I took it over and set it all up with no problem. Then she said she wanted another one, taller and a bit wider. I made the second structure faster and it turned out beautifully!
The first section is 16’ wide, 10’ high with a 4’ bench on one end, and a 3’ section on the other end. the second section is S shaped, 16’ wide, 12’ high and a 4’ section on either end.
She is so happy, and I get great comments on it. The 3 pictures show some of it.
-- Phil Daniels