Garden Gates and Arbor

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Project by Bob Babcock posted 04-27-2007 06:19 PM 16144 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these gates and arbor 8 years ago with my daughter as part of a larger project to build a water garden she designed (she was 13 at the time, precocious little bugger). It’s amazing how well they have held up…they are just plain white pine.

Strangely enough the folks at Sunset books have just recently asked if they can include it in a new DIY book coming out this summer….not too shabby for my 1st serious project. That and all the response and comments I’ve gotten (both here and elsewhere) on my Lyptus gates that I built for my brother have made me decide to start a business doing site furnishings, decks, fences, gates,pergolas…etc…

These are my favorite kind of woodworking projects so even if it never makes a lot of money it will still be fun.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 04-27-2007 06:26 PM

Nice looking arbor and gate. I hope my wife don’t see this. Shes been wanting those same things for years. Nice. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-27-2007 06:29 PM

and “I” DID see it…. oh Rick!!! :D

Magnificent. I was actually just looking thru a book about trellis and arbors. I haven’t decided exactly what I want (or where) but I WILL get one!!!

Congrats on the well-earned honour of being asked to be included in a book. Bravo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-27-2007 07:41 PM

Made of willow Debbie? lol

-- Bob

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#4 posted 04-27-2007 07:42 PM

oh thanks.. I hadn’t thought of that!! hahaha.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-27-2007 07:48 PM

Beautiful project.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-27-2007 08:20 PM

I have a water garden dug in the back yard. It sure would look nicer with one of your arbours in front.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#7 posted 04-28-2007 12:03 AM

There is a funny story to the arbor, gates, and fence.

We weren’t originally going to include a fence. My concern was about our dog….a black lab/shepard mutt that loves the water. I could just see her diving in and her claws tearing the liner. So we decided on a fence…Now we had to make the whole garden bigger or it would look silly in a fence….so now we have three times the amount of work to do. No problem..just keep plugging away.

We finally get it done…..we go inside, shut the gate…..the dog comes over and opens the gate and walks in….she actually pawed the latch to spring it open. To this day I have no idea where she learned that trick.

She has never gone in the water, just uses it as a big drinking bowl…she even has her own spot she has dug out in one corner under the trees to keep cool. I frequently will find her and the cat both sleeping in there.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 04-28-2007 07:08 AM

Really nice Bob. I would like to make one like this for my yard. It is amazing what dogs can do.

-- John

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#9 posted 04-28-2007 12:24 PM

that is funny…. extra work and the dog just walks in hahaha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 04-28-2007 12:38 PM

Beautiful gate, & yard.
You don’t need a doggy door on your house then , but maybe you don’t trust him with a key. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 05-02-2007 06:18 AM

Beautiful work Bob. What more can you say about outstanding craftsmanship like this. Thanks a lot for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 06-21-2007 04:36 PM

Beautiful! The arch is exquisite, especially having a double gate.

I too have done much outdoor construction. We’ll need to share stories.

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#13 posted 06-21-2007 04:54 PM

I’m glad this came around in Pulse! That’s some really nice looking work, Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 06-24-2007 06:19 AM

Thanks all. This was one of my favorite projects. My daughter and I had a great time doing it. It’s a special place. If you sit quietly in the stone chair a steady parade of birds come in to drink and bathe. Once the flowers start blooming the hummingbirds are always in there. With the sounds of the waterfalls it’s a nice place to get away from it all…even briefly.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 06-28-2007 05:15 AM

Agree with all the above, lovely :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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