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    Deck Designs: Plus Pergolas, Railings, Planters, Benches
    by Steve Cory
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    Country Living 500 Kitchen Ideas: Style, Function & Charm
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Custom made, pressure treated sturdy arbors and bridges can be a thing of lasting beauty. Whether unpainted or painted these heavy duty elegant structures with their curved accents make a garden or walk way stand out from any exterior setting. 

Not flimsy like PVC, and more durable than softer woods all our trellises and arbors are made from the latest Pressure treated lumber and bolted and screwed together for lasting durability.

Free Patterns will be available soon for those ambitious enough to make them.

You can find a simple plan showing the form I use to make stacked strip arches from PT Pine lumber. Basically what we have here is a sheet of 3/4 plywood with blocks glued and affixed in a 48" arch spaced evenly with a distance of about 3" between the inside arch and the outside arch radius.

After selecting a straight, fairly knot free 10' 2x10 0r 2x8  at the lumber yard, you them cut it into strips on a table saw of about 1/4-3/6 of an inch. If you make them too thin they will split when being secured and if you make them too fat they will bend poorly. Once you determine the thickness you can work with, it is up to you to bend them into place using wedge blocks at the end to tighten all the pieces you use in your stacked strip arch. Sometimes the clearer lumber can be found with different width lumber and the only reason for getting wider lumber is so that all your cleats, frame members and other details you incorporate into your Trellis can be cut from that same piece.

Drilling is needed when securing the pieces together and a random spacing of inner screws and outer screws of stainless or treated screws can be driven into the arch to hold the laminations together. A final 3/8 or 1/2" bore 6" up from the end tails where the arch will be secured to the post is done and the ends are nipped off at a cosmetic angle.

Free PDF plan here.