Woodworking forum: Arbor #1

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Feb 22, 2010 1:08 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
This arbor was designed and built by DH to cover a set of brick steps that lead to the lower level of our yard. We had built the decorative fence a few years before and decided to use the end posts as the legs for the arbor.

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Feb 22, 2010 1:15 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
My original idea for an arbor would have covered the steps and a walkway area. It would have spanned across the entire length of our detached work-out room. DH built a scaled down model of my vision, and we realized the cost would have been out of our budget Sad so we settled for the step area only.

This is a photo of the first 'model' arbor

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Image1AnjL
Feb 22, 2010 1:17 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
so then he went on to make model #2. he says he did it for 'my approval' but I think he just likes building the models! Rolling on the floor laughing

Of course he had to make a complete model, with steps and lattice and fencing....

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Feb 22, 2010 1:22 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
And the REAL building begins! The Arbor was built in the shop, then taken apart and moved to the yard where it took three men to put it permanently in place! I'm glad I was out of town during that portion!

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Feb 22, 2010 1:24 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
more work done

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Feb 22, 2010 1:26 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
a horrible pix, but this shows the area that we were going to span. Instead I have more sunny beds to plant in, and newly built trellis's cover the entire exterior wall! Big Grin

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Imagehaighr
Mar 3, 2010 8:39 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
I really like this one, now am wondering about what I really want? The one I have now is arched but I like this one much better. Steve is in the middle of the one we talked about like yours with the straight top, decisions, decisions!
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Image1AnjL
Mar 3, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
well, I can tell you... DH built this one first, and the second one was going to match, but he had a really hard time with the A frame pitch on the roof and getting something on it correct. Then when it came time to build the second arbor, he suddenly opted for the flat top with the arch cut into the wood! LOL!

My DH loves challenges, but I think the pitch on the first arbor was too much of a challenge! Big Grin
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Imagehaighr
Mar 3, 2010 8:50 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
Steve has made me a couple of simple sheds with the A frame and they turned out well, but they were a much simpler design that what you DH is tackling, that is real professional, ours are more homemade looking.
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Mar 3, 2010 8:54 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
ya, I think really the issue was a combination of the weight (they are 4 x 4's with 2 x 6 on each side) and the angle. I believe that he had to keep making different braces til he found one that would hold it all. I missed alot of the construction because I was visiting mom, but I heard ALOT of the mumbling and grumbling over the phone Whistling Whistling
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Imagehaighr
Mar 7, 2010 6:11 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
How do you anchor your arbors? I think we may sink ours in concrete this time, any suggestions?
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Image1AnjL
Mar 7, 2010 6:17 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
well the one in this photo was actuall built on top of existing fenceposts that are set in concrete. the fence is about 2 1/2 ft high, so for those posts he did a 2 inch dowel to hold the second half (like a bunk bed LOL!)

For the other harbor, there was only one existing fence post, so he used the dowel in that one two of the posts are attached to concrete piers. the 4th post is on our cement walkway so is anchored to that with bolts.

i would definitely suggest concrete, if you can anchor to concrete its better than sinking in concrete. That way if there is damage later, that one piece can be removed and replaced easier.
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stball74
Jun 10, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Name: Sean Ball
Connecticut
What an AWESOME arbor!!! We are currently in the midst of up grading a town park at the end of my street and would love to use your arbor plans if you would not mind. Can you please call me to discuss further. Thank you, Sean Ball
(203) 605-6868

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