Garden Tuteur

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Project by mnguy posted 07-23-2012 04:24 PM 2728 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally finished grad school, so now have more time for projects. Here is the first one I completed this year.

I was inspired by some metal tuteurs at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, Scotland. But, other than the rectangular lines and scale, I didn’t really follow their design. I was going for a Craftsman / Arts & Crafts vibe, and I’m happy with the results.

The material is white oak with mortise and tenon joints; mostly because I wanted to practice mortise and tenons; biscuits would work great to join the rails to the posts. There are no fasteners in the piece. I struggled with what finish to use. I wanted a very black color, but I did not want a film finish. I ended up using India ink, which after 3 months is holding up well.

The panels are galvanized steel, held in a narrow dado.

If I did another, the only changes I would make are slightly lighter materials and profiles, and I would use biscuits instead of M & T joints.

BTW – the cherry tomato growing up inside the tuteur seems to like its classy support!

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 04:30 PM

Interesting look. Personally I’d like to see some panels back lit. But then that would be another whole idea.

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 05:23 PM

A & C is always a hit with me.
Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 04:07 AM

I love it. I wonder how it would look if frosted glass were used in place of the metal to make it a lamp for nights ?

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 05:05 AM

I like that sure adds to a garden .
Very nice !

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 03:13 PM

Thanks all for your comments. I hadn’t even thought of glass panels and back lighting. I was going for a very clean, somewhat minimalist aesthetic, and think the galvanized makes the wood look a little more like metal. But, I like the idea incorporating some glass into a similar design, and with LED’s, back lighting would be easy.

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