Scrap Arbor

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Project by Roz posted 03-25-2008 05:58 PM 1918 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this last fall from left over 2×6’s and 4×4’s from “The Great Picket Fence War of 2007”. (During which, I was soundly defeated.) So to pour salt into the wound I built this from leftovers.

THE BENCH bottom is a three-sided box of unknown purpose and origin that someone left in the old house we bought. Its legs are 4×4 cutoffs about 2 1/2 feet long and the back of the bench is scrap pressure treated pine ripped into strips to make it go further. T

THE FRAME The sides make up the structure and are through mortise and tennon jointed 2×6 and 4×4. The rest is 2×6 and strips of oak for the top trellis. The lattice is made of cutoffs of the plastic stuff. (Got to love that… painting.) The lattice is held in with a mitered 2×6 frame and 1 inch oak strips.

My wife, who loves to go to antique auctions with her sister and auctioneer brother-in-law, provided the material for the arbors back. Apparently, at one auction, caught up in the excitement and not wanting to come home empty handed, the two sisters decided they could not live without the old, rusted, half-rotten iron gates that make up the back of the arbor. This is the real reason for building the arbor. I needed to find some use for the rotten iron gates! Surely, these old gates were hand made by some ancient craftsman.

We all know we must pay respect to the skills of the craftsmen who have gone before us, no matter the medium they choose for their work.

So the moral to this story is one I have read from other LJ’s before, There really is no such thing as scrap wood.(or iron) Gonna grow a vine on it now. LJ’s rule!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 06:31 PM

Great story and wonderful peice of workmanship.

thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 06:44 PM

Great work! I love to see what people can do without spending more money!

-- He said wood...

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 07:03 PM

Hi Roz

The arbor looks great! Being an antique guy myself, you tell the girls, They did good on their purchase.
Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 07:41 PM

Nice job. I wish I had a place to put one of those.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 10:06 PM

This is a real beauty!

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

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 10:43 PM


This is a nice piece and you have redeemed yourself after the picket fence defeat. Besides the gate was in need of a place to rest as well. Your wife and sister-in-law obviously conspired to get the arbor built and maneuvered you into accepting the challenge. It never ceases to amaze me how well they know us and how to get us to do what they want. After 31 years I have learned to simply say yes dear and give in to the inevitable.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 12:57 AM

the ironwork is awesome—couldn’t have passed by that!
My sister-in-law and I go to local antique stores once a month to find those things that we didn’t know that we couldn’t live without!!! :)

Amazing creation using leftover stuff. Well done!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 01:38 AM

Very nice workmanship and unique design. Great Job!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 02:27 AM

Thanks to all of you, and Scott I guess I’ll always be a sucker for thier evil plans. Maybe I’ll try your approach next time.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 10:29 AM

Now that’s pretty cool.

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#11 posted 10-19-2008 11:49 PM

Hi Roz Thanks for your comment I do like living here in Ireland and working with wood I made somthing like this for my brother will put it up to see what you think

-- Albert. N.Ireland

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