Arched Arbor / Pergola for large corner Sandbox

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Project by Ray Friddle posted 06-20-2018 02:25 AM 1499 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took a bit of scribbling on paper and computer-aided drawing (SketchUp) to get it right. Due to the two palm trees, the angle of the beams form a slightly acute triangle when viewed from above. Additionally, since it is near our fence, I was told by the city that it needed to pass the setback height code. So it is lowest near the property lines (sides and corner) and gets progressively higher as it moves inward. Basically it looks like the frame of half a boat flipped upside down.

It is all redwood. The arched beams are glued laminates of approx 1/4” ripped boards. The stain is Sikkens CETOL SRD Redwood Translucent. A photo shows the cuts made into the posts to support the primary beams. Everything pulls together when all the lap-joints are nestled in, so the few screws I used really hold it nice and rigid. The last pic shows a commercial sun shade that somewhat fits over the top.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 06-20-2018 02:51 AM

Hey, Ray that is a real nice piece of work, great design and workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 06-20-2018 02:59 AM

That is really attractive. Sure wish I had room for something like that.

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#3 posted 06-20-2018 05:25 AM

That’s some really nice work there. I bet you did have to do some figuring for the angles, but looks like you nailed them. Seeing that last pic with the awning/cover over it, that has got to be Mommy approved, no blistered kids.

Joinery looks good too, in all an awesome project, take a bow.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 06-20-2018 11:53 AM

Very great looking…excellent craftsmanship

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#5 posted 06-20-2018 12:09 PM

Very nice piece of work, displays real craftsmanship and attention to detail. Well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 06-20-2018 01:11 PM

Very impressively designed and executed. Great choice of covering too. I am a big fan of Sikkens Cetol.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-20-2018 03:39 PM

This is a wonderful yard structure with a beautiful design and fine craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-20-2018 05:35 PM

That’s a great looking pergola. Excellent use of curves.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 06-20-2018 10:56 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes therealSteveN, Mommy approves the cover. It gets very hot up here in the NorCal valley, so it helps a lot.

-- Ray

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#10 posted 06-20-2018 11:51 PM

Added to my favorites.

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#11 posted 06-21-2018 03:14 AM

Doubling back to say congrats on your 3, well deserved.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 06-26-2018 03:37 PM

That came out great Ray. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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