Variations on Norm Abram's Redwood Arbor with Bench.

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I’ve made three arches using the basic plan I bought from The New Yankee Workshop and not one of them is the product of the plan exactly.
I wanted to have some pizazz when folks would come up the long front stepway at our house here in Texas, We already had an interesting wood carving in the middle of the landing at the top of the stairs.

We planned on flower beds to border each side of the steps but having something more seemed necessary.
Norm Abram planned a arch with a bench for sitting. Why not use that plan and simply not build the bench. It was just wide enough to fit across the width of the steps’ path.

Redwood was just too expensive for me so I chose to go with cedar instead. Still a good weather durable wood.

I started out by cutting out a 3/4:” plywood jig that would provide the arc of the arch and the mortise holes fot the square rods that connect the front and back arches.

Then following the plan I angle cut four sets of 2×8s (two fofr each of the front and rear arch) that when glued up would be the basis for the arches. The using the plywod jig and my router I now had true arches. In some of the pictures you can see the seams of the 2×8s.

Each of the 4 posts are 4×6’s. Now there is lattice-work but I was not going to use PT for that!... So the sides of these cedar arches have hand-made lattice framed up and topped off with an anfle topped 2×4…. And I did that project twice, one that got installed at the top of the steps and the second at the sidewalk level of the yard.

That turned out so well I chose to use the same concept to buld a arch just off to the side of the front steps leading into a side garden.

I made a slight variation yet again. This time I simply used PT and saved the time and effort of mortising the holes and cutting the tenons for the joining rods. I chose to take the easy way out and use 1×4 with chamfered edges as the joiners.

Since I have dogs, this arch needed to be a true gate. There was the opportunity for some creativity. Not satisfied with just a straight across slatted gate, I completed the circle of the arch using the top of the gate, It adds a nice character to a gate made simplly with PT.

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posted 01-11-2012 01:11 AM

Beautiful job! Mind sharing what you spend on the cedar?

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posted 01-11-2012 05:19 AM

They were built in 1996 or so and I don’t remember nor have the record of that anymore. Sorry. It would be interesting to see what those materials would go for today by comparison.

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