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Project by JohnEinNJ posted 11-03-2013 10:56 PM 1891 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pergola built from recycled “redwood” swingset off craigslist. (Redwood is in quotes because it was partly redwood, partly cedar.) There were many through-holes from the bolts that held the swingset together; my first attempt was to fill them with plugs, but that looked terrible. The second attempt (first closeup) was to plow out a mortise, and fill it with a strip of wood. That looked ok, but I wanted something better. A friend suggested that butterflies might look nice. I’d never done them before, and it turned out pretty well (second closeup). The lattice is held together with staples, and the vertical strips go into mortises in the top and bottom cross pieces. These are mortise-and-tenoned into the uprights. The last picture is the ellipse jig built for the project. A big mistake with that was building a holder for a jigsaw at the end. That does not work – the blade will not be at the correct angle to cut the ellipse. I ended up jamming a pencil into the holder, and tracing out the ellipse, then cutting and sanding it in. I should have built a holder for a router.

It’s finished with Heritage Natural Finishes Concentrated Oil, with UVA and mildew protectant added.

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#1 posted 11-03-2013 11:01 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Dana

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 03:28 AM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 01:10 AM

Very Nice Project and Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 03:56 PM

Fantastic work on that beautiful pergola. Like the look of your recycled wood and the bow ties.

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 04:41 PM

This is real nice and makes a wonderful eye catcher in your garden.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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