Japanese type Torii address sign for front yard

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Project by jiggles posted 08-06-2015 01:39 PM 4843 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second latest project. I used 8/4 vertical grain Douglas Fir. I used Mortise and tenon joinery except for attaching the top piece. There I used wood screws located in the mortises for the uprights where they wouldn’t be seen. I drilled 3/4” holes in the bottom of the uprights, centered of course, and inserted 3/4” all thread rods about 18” long. The holes where as deep as my spade bit was long after inserting the bit into my drill chuck. I had a piece of 4” pvc pipe which I used as the form, this was a very good fit for my post hole digger. I then mixed up my concrete, poured it into the holes and stuck the Torii with all thread rods installed into the concrete mix. I used a 2×4 scrap, laid on its side, over each concrete hole to keep the space/level even for the Torii, then propped the Torii so it was level vertically and let the concrete set. I didn’t epoxy the all thread into the uprights so I could remove the sign in the future for lawn maintenance or sign maintenance if needed. I used simple eye hooks to hang the number plaque. I spray painted them for protection and color coordination with the numbers. My wife painted the Torii to match our home colors (when we get through painting the house)(another project we are working on.

PS. There are only 4 screws in this whole assembly as described above, the rest of the joinery is just mortise/tenon and glue.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 09:42 PM

Awesome! What style house do you have if you don’t mind me asking? I think this would great in front of a craftsman/bungalow style, IMO.

-- I'm not even supposed to be here today.

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 10:37 PM

I have a ranch style home with brick and rough sawn lumber. It is presently painted brown (the wood siding and trim) which we are slowly painting a green color. Arts and Crafts style as well as prairie style is quite compatible with Asian art and architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright’s work was a good example of mixing the two worlds. Prairie style more so than Arts and Crafts only because of the more spaciousness. But because of the great abundance of wood features in A & C, Asian architecture fits right in. I suggest you read up on the Torii and perhaps you can incorporate it into a garden area or backyard entrance too. That way you can carry the unifying theme around your home.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 11:52 PM

That’s a great looking house number sign! I love the overall look of it—and I’ll bet it’s the best looking sign in your neighborhood!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 08-07-2015 12:20 AM

Ahhhh shucks it ain’t nuthin….well, ok it is, really, well it could happen!

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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