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    Rustic Arbor

    Hi everyone , Here are a few pics of my most recent project .This arbor is made from discarded pine branches that were headed to the fire pit . Luckily i got my hands on them first. It is 7 ft square and 13 ft tall . I added a 4 ft set of chimes , weathervane and a pair of hanging baskets.







    John in Cranbrook

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    That is very cool, John. How did you join the pieces together?
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    alot of big nails I bet, but that is nice.
    Its creative.

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    Thank you Vaughn and Allen , i used 5 and 6" galvanized nails for all of the main frame including rafters and then i used 3 1/2" wood screws and 2 1/2" finish nails for the rest . I built it so if i move it goes with me .
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    Very cool, great work as usual John.
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    It is very attractive. But, I have to wonder how long it will last. Pine rots quickly, especially when the bark is left on.

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    Very nice!!!!!
    But wondering the same as Frank, wonder if you should get like a garden sprayer and spray spar varnish or something over all of it to help lengthen the life span?
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    Thank you gentlemen for your comments . I have been using pine for about 6 years now and one thing i have noticed is after a year or two the bark will peel of very easy . I have built 2 other arbors . The first one i did was 6 years ago and the second one was 3 years ago .I haven't been able to notice any change in them other then fading of colour . If they do start rotting then i will spray them with a water seal . I am guessing they will last 50 years no problem . If anything the nails will give out first and that is easy to fix.



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    John in Cranbrook

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    Glad to hear that, John. You are in a completely different temperat zone than the Arkansas Ozarks and on south. I believe a structure like would give, maybe, two years service here.

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    Looks great.

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