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Forum topic by ryguy posted 05-17-2010 05:09 PM 1301 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2010 05:09 PM

Hi LJer’s, I am currently in the process of building a pergola on the back of the house. The pergola is 12’ x 18’ and I used three post on the long side (the other side is attached to the house). I notched and built knee braces for the outside corners. My question is this- the knee braces are made of 6×6 as well and the fit is perfect, but on the inside (or lower side) I would like to put a graceful curve to give that optical illusion of the whole brace being curved. I came to school (I am a teacher) and used their wood shop bandsaw, but the pieces are too big and bulky and bandsaw is too small to do it with any accuracy. What are my options or am I off my rocker for even trying to do this. Thanks in advance guys.

-- Ryan, Cincinnati, OH

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 11:08 PM

I can’t speak for your part of the country, but in many large cities, there are commercial places where you can rent the use of their tools – and they may have something big enough to help.

Good luck,

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 11:42 PM


There are a lot of sawmills in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Perhaps you could call around and find someone with the equipment you need. Also, look in the Yellow Pages for Art’s Tool Rental.

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 03:19 PM

Bob and Randy,

Thanks for the suggestions, I never even thought to go either of those routes. What I ended up doing was changing the design a bit and then using a chisel and sander to finish it up. I think it turned out pretty unique and well done. I definitely will keep in mind your suggestions on future quandaries where I don’t have the exact right tool.

-- Ryan, Cincinnati, OH

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