|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 09-28-2010 02:58 PM||1436 views||1 time favorited||5 replies|
09-28-2010 02:58 PM
We have recently completed building a cedar fence in our backyard. I want to add an arbor over the gate area that leads into the alley as not only a decorative element, but also to help keep the gate posts square.
I sunk two-4”x6” cedar posts well into the ground. The posts are about 57” apart. I want to add two-2”x6” cedar beams across the top of the posts as the crossbeams for the arbor slats on top. There will be one crossbeam on the inside of the fence and one on the outside of the fence. I plan on running carriage bolts through the posts and securing it all together.
This is all fairly straightforward and easily accomplished. My question lies in the use of the wood itself. I’ll be using regular cedar 2”x6” for this from the local lumberyard, or possibly big box store. Since the wood is all still “wet”, I am concerned about the shrinkage once the wood begins to dry. I don’t want the stringers cracking, or potentially trying to pull/draw the top of the posts towards each other.
I just don’t want to make a mistake that’s actually going to compromise the work I’ve already done. The beams running across the top are supposed to make the gate stronger, not weaker.
Is this a potential problem, or am I worrying too much about this? I know people build gates with little arbors like this all the time. Is there something I’m missing?
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."