Strombrella, or Covered Arbor

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Project by Paul M posted 03-26-2008 02:03 PM 5006 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Snow is gone, at least for now, so time to start thinking of venturing outside again.

Designed and built this a couple of years ago. When we downsized to our new home, the previous owner had a rose arbor that the roses had engulfed and destroyed.

Being a nice guy, I promised my wife I would get her a new one for her birthday. This let to several trips to all the local garden centers that only found ones that where too small, and sort of boring, not to mention so lightly built that one bump with the mower would dislodge them.

Even though this was planned as an arbor, it morphed into a Strombella since we decided that we didn’t really want the darn roses anyway.

The cat is a replica of one in a museum that we had sitting on the porch, so my twisted sense of humor couldn’t resist giving it a new home.

Construction is PT, using 4 X 4 for the uprights and 2 X 4 for the cross members. Arch is from 2 X 8. It is roofed with white cedar. Fastening is by ¼” and 3/8” lags with washers, countersunk in dados, and covered with the PT strapping plus some deck screws. Legs are not cemented, but are about 1 foot into the ground.

Cost of materials was more than the Garden Center ones, but well worth the extra expense.

Even with our New England winters, this has not moved in three years

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-26-2008 02:08 PM


This is a purrfect home for the cat. (Sorry I just couldn’t resist that). You did a marvelous job on the construction of this. While it may have “cost” you more than a commercial variety it is of far better quality. I had rather have quality than price any day. Very nice project.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 03:15 PM

Nice job! Sure doesn’t look like bumping it with the mower will create any problems.

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

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 04:26 PM

Never heard of a Strombella, but it looks great though.

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

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 04:16 PM

me neither, Gary…
love it.. and the statues around it.

You should post this over at A lovely garden area.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 06:13 PM

I like it, what ever you call it.

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Paul M

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 06:54 PM

I think I spelled it wrong, should be Strombrella. Not used too much, but can be found in older books containing Gazebo’s, Pergolla’s and such.

I made another one, wider, floored, with a back for my daughter in-law. It was designed to house a hammock-seat. Maybe I should post it also.

Debbie, Thanks for the link to Garden Tenders.


-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 07:19 PM

Nice work , I dig the BUDDAH KITTY statue ! LOL


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