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#1 posted 10-03-2010 12:51 AM

Just wanted to post a quick update, mainly so that the information I found is available for anybody else that might want it for decorative arbor, trellis, or rafter tails.

I found a great link that has 17-different patterns that you can download for free in PDF format:

The templates are for a 2×4, at the true dimensions of 2”x4”. I simply enlarged the image a bit on a copy machine to fit the 2×6 dimensions of the cedar I purchased for the project.

I used some pallet wood and cut out some templates at full-size, then clamped the different ones up to the top of the posts. We actually only made these templates about 3-feet long so that we could clamp one template to one post, and another template to the other post in order to compare them side-by-side. My wife and I figured out quickly which one we like the best… “Design 2”, on page 4 of the above link. Nice and simple. It was nice to see it full-sized and it also allowed us to figure out how wide we want the arbor to be overall without having to heft full-sized timbers 7-feet overhead.

I think we’ve settled on 93” wide at the top of the beams, tapering down to 65” at the bottom of the curve, next to the posts. Since the posts are 4”-wide, 93” will give us 4” on the outside of the posts at the bottom of the beam before the curve starts towards the top. I’ll post pictures once it’s all up.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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