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Cedar trellis to hide carport front

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Project by studie posted 621 days ago 1961 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am so lucky to have a pal with a sawmill. The blade is 54” and is powered by a diesel motor from a Kenworth truck. He works in the woods building roads and gets 12’ logs just for hauling them out. No small task indeed. This project started with replacing a beam that supported 20’ long double 2×8s to support the carport roof. I used 3 2×6 lvl beams then added another 2×8 to the 2 already there. I welded 4 custom heavy hangers to support the unusual (reversed, under rather than over the support beam) beam system so now all is stout. Thy wanted to hide the carport roof some how and this is what I came up with.
Raw but seasoned cedar in 1” and 2” thick by 4” to 14” wide boards in various lengths but this is 12’ long so I got some of them as well. I like to do arches so they let me design this my way. The horizontal slats are let into dados cut into the 2×3 vertical supports so they are let in 1/2” for strength. And using Gorilla glue with stainless 15g nails, this thing is strong as a truss! I used a single plank to make the curved bottom, it is 5 slats up 1 piece. In Wood brand deck stain cedar color.
These folks have given me work for years and let me do artistic wood working. I finished the garage remodel to make an office complete with fine int doors, trim and the carriage doors set it off nicely (I so wanted to make the carriage doors but we found these for a price that I couldn’t match).
I just love this kind of a project, not a lot of money but a lot of fun!!

-- $tudie





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studie

618 posts in 1749 days


#1 posted 621 days ago

Oh, and I like to use hand plane to trim just a bit off the wood to take the fuzz off and to show the saw marks better.

-- $tudie

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patron

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#2 posted 621 days ago

looks nice and strong studie
and a good cover for the ends of those
rafters and gutters

to bad the painter got laid off

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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studie

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#3 posted 621 days ago

Thanks David! The owner thinks the trellis is beautiful but does not fit the house and needs to be grounded to fit in better. We think to paint the beams with a like color as the trellis will let it blend in better. He thinks that cutting off the curve at the bottom may fit the house better. His wife says otherwise.

-- $tudie

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patron

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#4 posted 621 days ago

maybe you better go fishing
while they work it out

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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studie

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#5 posted 621 days ago

I just want to make everyone happy. No one wants something gaudy or over built so we have to be careful not to go to far with art. It did crush me when he suggested cutting off the bottom arch, it was a lot of careful work to make.

-- $tudie

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grizzman

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#6 posted 621 days ago

really looks nice, it sure has your style written all over it, really nice wood also…it does its job well..i think that when you get a job, you need to have a drawing of what your going to do, if the customer says do it, then do it and there is no changing it unless they pay for it, other wise, folks will jerk you around all day, i hope they settle on what they want just so you dont have to deal with there indecision…i like the whole thing, to cut it up would be terrible…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Fishinbo

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#7 posted 620 days ago

Stunning design.

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studie

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#8 posted 620 days ago

Thanks all! Grizz I did email a sketch and it was approved. Now they just have to get used to how pretty it is in real time!

-- $tudie

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jcees

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#9 posted 617 days ago

Owners and end users can be particularly cruel in their off-handed statements. They don’t really mean to offend it’s just their money and they have license. What hurts is their particular disinterest and ignorance of “process”. Again, it’s their money and they have license. The trick is to understand that you are NOT creating a work of art but rather a work-for-hire. To entertain any other mindset is to invite heartbreak and delusion. Two killers of creativity and ultimately your drive to do good work. If your clients were true patrons of your creativity wouldn’t they be happy to receive ANYTHING you do for them? No? Then you must be just another accomplished tradesman yearning to be appreciated as an artist. STOP THAT! You are a craftsman and an artisan. Knowing this, your worth is creating highly accomplished work, getting paid fairly for it and leaving something lasting and beautiful in your wake. Not a bad day’s aspiration if you ask me. Clients will always say and do stupid stuff. Learn to handle it with aplomb. Whenever I cross paths with one of these “special” clients I like to double my fee. I may not get the job but if I do…

What I’m saying is this, be careful who you give your heart to. Know yourself and your place and things will move along better than you can imagine. You might even make some money along the way too because you will charge accordingly and stop casting your pearls before… you know.

always,
J.C.

BTW, beautiful work, dude.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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studie

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#10 posted 616 days ago

Thanks for the good advice J.C.

-- $tudie

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