Another Arbor

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Project by LeeinEdmonton posted 08-10-2008 11:28 PM 2105 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After installing our front arbor a neighbor started a nag for an arbor at the entry to her garden. I was successfully avoiding the project until the wife also got into the act. Again the wife demanded that it not be like ours & lattice was still a no no. This is another off the kitchen table design & again recycled construction spruce. The neighbor got stuck with the painting( I hate painting ) so cannot identify the paint for you.
I appreciate the comments with respect to the previous post of our entry arbor & hope you folks like this one as well.


-- Lee

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#1 posted 08-10-2008 11:45 PM

Wow, where do you live? I want to move so I can be your neighbor. Another great looking arbor. Thanks for sharing Lee.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-10-2008 11:48 PM

I want to be your neighbor to!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 08-10-2008 11:50 PM

Outstanding work Lee, thaks for sharing your work and you have one lucky neighbor.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#4 posted 08-11-2008 12:52 AM

this is awesome.

Gosh.. sure does beat the trellis material!! Fantastic.

And how did you get all the details?

(Betsy: love your ID .. )

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#5 posted 08-11-2008 01:05 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 08-11-2008 01:34 AM

Great attention to detail very nice !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 08-11-2008 04:24 AM

Great detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 08-11-2008 02:51 PM

Ditto what Tom said!

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

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#9 posted 08-11-2008 04:25 PM

Thank you for your enthusiastic responses folks. Kinda re-inforces whether or not your design of a project is a success or not which for me is always a question mark until I hear the opinion of others.


-- Lee

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#10 posted 08-11-2008 04:44 PM

The detail looks time comsuming. (great, I have the time) How do you cut this out, with a bandsaw or a scroll saw? Did you use 3/4 material or 1/2” material. How did you finish yours’. How deep is the post in the ground? I would like to make this for our back yard coming out from the screened pool area. Do you need the supports on the top, my would be up against the screen where the screen door is mounted. This looks like a great project and you have done a great job.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#11 posted 08-11-2008 06:08 PM

Incredible !! the design looks like it would make an awesome stained glass project….. is the Spruce kept off of the ground in any way to avoid rotting ? I know you said it was painted , but ground contact / moisture has its way of getting in : ( Great job and you have one lucky neighbor : )

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#12 posted 08-11-2008 06:22 PM


Firstly, the side posts are not in the ground. I set them on bricks so that the edge of the post is flush with the edge of the brick, then I drive a 3ft x 1/2” rebar into the ground next to the brick/post & attach the post to the post to the rebar with two U-bolts. This prevents the arbor from absorbing water at the bottom of the posts with rot to follow. The finish I used on my front arbor was 4 coats of Bengamin Moore Alkyd enamel which is fast drying water based & lasted 5 years before needing refreshing with two coats this year & it now looks new again. You would not need angled supports at the top if the top is attached to the screen. The angled supports on mine keep it square due to free standing in the yard.
I built mine from salvaged 2×4’s & using water resistant glue laminated them up for the end posts then trimmed the resultant post to final dimension. For the grill work I resawed the 2×4’s & thickness planed them to 3/4”, then laminated them together with waterproof glue to 1-1/2” thickness, then ripped these to 3/4” x 1-1/2” strips . Where the strips intersect in the design, lap joints were used. The grills are enclosed in a frame & dowelled. The finished grill is then dowelled into the arbor framework starting at the bottom with the 6” High grillwork, frame cross piece, then grill panel, then frame cross piece, then 6” H grill, cross piece then grill panel & so on to the top. Hope this is clearer than mud.


-- Lee

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#13 posted 08-11-2008 06:26 PM

Dominic: I forgot to mention the reason for laminating up the 3/4” x 1-1/2” strips. I was concerned if I used solid wood that weathering would cause splitting with hunks falling off the arbor. The laminating approach seems to have done the trick.


-- Lee

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#14 posted 08-11-2008 07:27 PM

great job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 08-12-2008 05:02 AM

This will enhance any yard, garden, or walkway! Extremely well done!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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