wedding arbor

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Project by handy_andy posted 11-23-2018 03:46 PM 4160 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I built an oak arbor for my wedding. The lumber came from the dusty corner of a warehouse auction for $5. It’s a mix of red and white oak. The top rails are cross lapped into the arch section and held in place with screws. The rest of the structure is jointed together with pegged mortises.

I do a lot of my work with hand tools but pulled in a power planner, circular saw, and router to deal with the size of this project.

I use printed guides and a v gouge to carve the date and message for my wife on the top of the arch. Beloved isn’t a word that shows up in everyday conversation; I like including it in projects. I filled the carving with black paint and then cleaned up the over spill with a card scraper. This is the first time I’ve tried to follow the shape of a font and do serifs. I’m quite pleased with how it came out.

I built the front and back halves separately and then stacked them together to cut the rail mortises through both pieces at once. The goal was to avoid creating internal stresses with misaligned joints.

I put on a coat of danish oil to bring out the grain color for the wedding. Afterwards I put on 3 coats of water based spar urethane and put it up in the back yard. I put lag bolts in the bottom of the legs but left the heads sticking out 3/4” and resting on pavers. Hopefully that keeps it up of the mud and discourages rot.

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#1 posted 11-23-2018 05:02 PM

incredible work- & congratulations to you and the bride.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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