|Project by SawdustAndAnIPA||posted 07-24-2013 06:39 PM||1911 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
The Arbor Project. The Arbor began with a plan and then I went off the charts with customization. I found several pictures online of some decks that had the sunrise slat motif. The arbor is made of Redwood and is 11’ tall and 16’ wide.
I finished it with one coat of Thompson’s Water Seal. I am beginning a second coat of finish; this time a much better and thicker Cabot Deck semi-transparent stain. The wood has soaked up the cheaper Thompson’s coat so the higher quality Cabot is providing a good water proof top layer.
It was a big project and I completed it over 6 weekends. I am building a glider bench that will occupy the center section of Arbor for seating. I wanted to build a swing but over time I feel the weight of a swing will provide undue stress on the structure.
This was a huge project and I learned a lot. I followed the plan line by line on the left side of the arbor and it ended up with a 5’ tilt from center. I learned from this and utilized some temporary horizontal beams to line up the right side Arbor posts. The right side is perfectly straight and all sides only vary less than a 1/4” which is within tolerable limits.
The arbor was too expensive to pilot and too expensive to redux the left side because it has a slight tilt from Center. The wife and friends will never see the left side’s imperfection but it is all I see when I look at the completed project. I will have to chalk this one aspect of the project up as an opportunity to learn the hard way.
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