|Project by BGW||posted 03-07-2014 02:43 PM||4861 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
A few months ago, an old friend who runs a landscaping business asked that I join his booth for the Indianapolis Home and Patio show. He wanted a pergola, and had some ideas. After looking at his plans, I suggested that we try and do a curved pergola and have him match the curve with his block flooring.
“Can you do that?” he asked.
“Sure,” was my simple reply…oh boy, did I regret that bright idea yesterday.
Full disclosure, I’ve built curves with wood before, but only using curf-cuts that could be hidden using deck boards…and in the summer…using green timber – wet, green timber (pressure treated). I knew that Cedar would present it’s own set of problems, but hadn’t accounted for the sub-freezing weather nor the fact that all of the cedar was kiln dried…taking plasticizing the wood off the table.
Needless to say for those of you who’ve attempted something like this, I broke several boards before I arrived at a curve that would allow the cedar to turn, but I was more than pleased with the finished product. I hope you like my work.
*Also, notice the carved “Allscape Landscaping” sign from Black Walnut, and the “BGW Construction” Logo under it on the fence…I cut both with my CNC machine. The Allscape sign took 6hrs and completely destroyed my favorite bit. :-)
As always, thanks for looking.
-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/