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Project by BGW posted 144 days ago 1481 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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/





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 144 days ago

But you’re a lot smarter now than you were. Good job on everything and I hope you have a show.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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BGW

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#2 posted 144 days ago

Thanks, Monte. My grandfather used to say, “Everything is easy once you know how to do it.” :-) Definitely learned a lot.

Also, I hated to hear about your fire a few months ago…but it looks like you are getting set back up nicely…which is a testament to your optimistic nature. Someday, I’d love to shake your hand…If you’re ever in Indiana, let me know. Your kind comments of support to those on Lumberjocks is always appreciated. God’s Blessings, my friend.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/

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clarkey

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#3 posted 144 days ago

Turned out great!

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 144 days ago

That is really cool. If my mother seen this, I know what I would be doing when it warms up. LOL Great job. Love the sign

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 144 days ago

Very cool design!

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NickyP

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#6 posted 144 days ago

Well done and not too complex. I LIKE IT!!! Will be filing this up in the old noodle (it’s a bit al dente but not completely limp yet) for future consideration. Thanks for the nice pictures too!

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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Northwest29

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#7 posted 144 days ago

It certainly is unusual, but I really like it’s uniqueness and perfect for the corner od a small yard. Well done -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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scottishbob

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#8 posted 143 days ago

Really like this, love the curve
Now am Thinking of doing something like this for my patio!!
Are the boards for the panels located into a rebate in the rails or just pined onto the back of the rails?
Are they tongue and groove boards?

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Rick

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#9 posted 143 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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BGW

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#10 posted 142 days ago

Scottishbob,

I used 1×8 cedar…you have to be very careful picking out lumber to bend – making sure there are not many (preferably zero) knotholes. If I understand your question correctly, I think you are asking how I attached the decorative rails? I used a 1×2 on top, and screwed the decorative portion from the top of the 1×2, then laid the 1×2 along the whole rail to the back of the pergola…screwing down every 2’. Then, I brought screws at an angle from the back to keep the decorative portion from moving. Hope that makes sense.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin http://www.bgwconstructionllc.com/

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