Help me build my wedding trellis/arbor please

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Forum topic by DaRadialRookie posted 04-18-2018 03:04 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2018 03:04 PM

Hello new friends,

I am a new member and looking for some guidance. I am looking for some help in designing and some hand holding on building our wedding trellis/arbor for may 12th. I would say I am semi skilled and have all the tools needed to build one. I am challenging myself with a few things I have never done before and I don’t have the time to do my usual trial and error or learn the hard way like I normally do. I like to just figure it out most of the time. But with this project and how important it is to the woman I love I don’t have that luxury. She’s made it clear that she wants me to build it and build it with our son. My five year old is help me with every single project and I think is more proficient than most adult men with tools haha. Or I’m just an overpoud dad.

We are getting married at a location that has been a part of my life since I was a kid. The location has a pond / Lake and that is where we will be getting married. The area is higher than the rest of the shoreline and overlooks it and is perfect.

So what I would like to do is build a 8 by 8 deck with I guess it’s called Ann Arbor over it and then a trellis in the front. I’m going to throw some 4 by 4 posts in some concrete and square up a deck and go from there. That part of it I’ve done and feel confident in.

The arbor aspect of it which I guess is considered 2×6s that’s sit on the top and is the roof so to speak. Forgive me if I don’t know the common terminology. So that’s something I’ve never done but is simple I would assume. And then comes the trellis aspect of it. I’ve Googled it and I know they’re really cheap but I want to build it. I’ve never done anything like this before and with the information that I’ve seen it’s almost too much information. In my mind I want to do a trellis with my last name in the arch of the trellis. So I have a couple of questions I’m hoping some of you guys can help me with. I plan on building this at my house on my deck and then transporting it in my trailer and assembling it there with my youngest and oldest son and my father.

I’m not a professional I’ve never been to trade school or claim to even be good. I’ve learned from my dad since I was small and then developed his addiction for tools. We put a 2000 square-foot addition on my house a couple years ago and we did it all ourselves and with the help of some of my tradesmen friends. So through that process I did acquire a couple tools and since then I’ve acquired a lot more. My dad has been a radial arm saw guy and I just recently picked up my own and I’m starting to get some experience with that. I’ve always just use my 12 inch miter saw or my Ridgid portable table saw for projects like this. But I feel I have every tool blade and screw to do the start to finish without even going to Menards. All I need at this point is some help because I don’t have the time to just figure it out.

I was wondering if anybody had experience with arches. I read a little bit about them and there’s three or four different ways it seems and I’m not sure which route I should go.

The next thing I will need some help with but I’m very excited to do and try is somehow creating the letters that spell my last name. This will make my dad extremely happy to see. I’m trying not to ask him for any help at all and just surprise him because he has great pride in our name. Again Google tells me there’s many ways to do this and it all looks fairly simple but I thought I would ask the guys I really know instead of some do that just sits behind a computer and types. For Christmas my father to get me the Bosch plunge router that I’ve always wanted. I will admit that is the one tool I have zero experience with. Everything that I’ve done woodworking wise has been framing flooring that kind of a thing. I built a couple sheds down a couple decks and it’s always taking me 5 times longer than a professional. But I did it and I felt good about it. I’m not sure if this is something that I should use a router for or even how to go about doing that. I have a scroll saw that I picked up a couple months ago then I’m sure can do the same job but again no experience with it.

Normally in this situation I would do my research watch a hundred videos call my buddies up ask them how they would do it and just take the time that it takes to figure it out. But in this case I have to take the shortcuts and do what I’ve never done before is type on the internet to try and figure out what I need to do and how to do it. I’m not really sure how this works or if anyone will even help me but I thought I would try. A friend from church told me about this website so I thought I would give it a go.

I got hurt at work and my surgery is after my wedding and the reason why we sped the wedding up a little bit. So even though I work at Turtle speed because of my injury I do have the time to get this done. If anyone can help me please type here and I will be watching. I have some kids for my youth group coming over after school today to help me go to Menards to get the lumber I need. I’m hoping some guys here can tell me what type of lumber I be looking for for the arch so I can add that to my material list. I’m hoping I didn’t bite off more than I could chew.

Thank you for your time guys I look forward to learning about the website and doing other projects.

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#1 posted 04-18-2018 10:10 PM

May 12th ??
that is a long read and long laundry list of needs.

just concerning the sign for your name – do you have any idea at all as to what you want ??
what materials – rustic or modern – temporary – permanent or transferable, etc.



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#2 posted 04-18-2018 11:11 PM

A sketch of some sort would help us visualize what you are trying to do.

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#3 posted 04-19-2018 01:33 PM

Pinterest is your friend…..

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#4 posted 04-19-2018 01:53 PM

I can’t speak to everything but as far as the letter cutouts goes, I would avoid trying that on a router if you have the opportunity to use a bandsaw or even better a scrollsaw.

Goodluck sir.

And I also second the pintress comment, it’s a great place to brainstorm

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#5 posted 04-19-2018 06:13 PM

Here’s a link to free plans for a garden trellis. No clue if you could perhaps modify to your needs?

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#6 posted 04-19-2018 10:24 PM

My dad.has.2 bandsaws and I hope to be getting one of them soon. I will draw up what I am thinking and take a picture tonight. The arch aspect has me a bit confused on how to construct it.

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#7 posted 04-19-2018 10:46 PM

May 12th is fast approaching. That’s an awful lot of pressure along with all of the other preparations that need to be addressed for one of the biggest days of your life. You know, September is a beautiful month to get married?

If that won’t cut it, perhaps, a pre-fabricated alternative is a feasible solution.

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