Cedar Arch with Gate

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Project by J posted 12-06-2012 05:23 AM 2520 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s an arch with a gate!

The arch is made from 10 layers of cedar 5/16” x 3 1/2” glued up with polyurethane glue. The inside radius of the arch is 60” making for a five foot wide gate.

The arch is coated with polyester resin (fiberglass resin without the glass matting) to keep it looking nice for years to come.

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 05:48 AM

Yes indeed. Great break away from the ordinary. Wish we knew more about how it was constructed….............

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 11:47 AM

Great looking. Don’t suppose you have pictures of the glue-up?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 01:32 PM

WOW! What a great entry arch! And being cedar, this thing should last forever! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 10:18 PM

I made a basic assembly table, 8’ x 8’, out of two 3/4” sheets of ply and put them on to saw horses. I used a string as a compass to draw the inside arc and laid out the overall shape of the arch on the table top. Next, I cut some 4×4 scraps into square blocks and screwed them down to the table top as close together as possible through the bend and screwed 2×4’s on edge to the table to act as a guide for the straight parts of the arch.

Starting with 1×4 clear cedar, I resawed 20’ long boards in half and gave them a quick run through the planer to get rid of the saw marks and surface grains. After soaking the boards in water for several days I put them on the assembly jig and, starting with a clamp at the top of the arch began slowly forming the wood to the curved shape. Over a couple of days the cedar took the bend and held its shape.

Next step, glue up.
Bottles and bottles of gorilla glue, a plastic putty knife notched to spread the glue, take the arch apart, glue up each layer, work like mad, layer after layer, work more frantically, glue applied!!!

Re-clamp the arch to the jig, 70 clamps to squeeze it tight enough to not show glue lines or voids.

Take everything apart the next day and start scraping squeeze out.
The hardest part was the glue up and finishing coating with polyester resin and a cheap disposable brush.

I’m sorry I do not have pictures of the glue up.

Thanks for the comments Lumberjocks!

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 04:36 PM

Looks great. I’ve never seen an arch built this way. Awesome.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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