I had limited space to find a home for my new gas BBQ Grille so I decided to build a dedicated decorative Arbor for it.
After searching the internet for design ideas and working out the required dimensions and a mental picture of what I wanted I got started on the base.
I glued together three 140mm x 35mm pine boards with cutouts in the centre board that would act as a mortise for the upright ends of the arbor.
Then cut some angles on the front and back for decoration, rounded over the edges and sanded to a smooth finish starting with 80 Grit then 120 Grit, 180 Grit and finally 240 Grit.
It appears I never took any photos of the rest of the base construction, but it was just a frame of 70mm x 35mm framing timber screwed and glued with a rabbet cut along the lengths at the top to nail down some slavaged pine decking offcuts as the floor.
I stained the base with a Golden Cedar stain.
I had bought a used Mortising Machine through Gumtree Classifieds and decided I would make the end panels using Mortise and Tenon joints. I calculated the appropriate size then used some scrap to make a sample of the joint.
I set up the fence and a stop block on the Mortiser and drilled out the mortise joints on the 4 uprights.
I set up the Tenon Jig and made the vertical cuts for the tenons in the side runners.
Then used the Miter Gauge on the Table Saw to finish off the Tenons.
Then assembled the end frames with glue and clamps.
Once again I missed taking photos of some of the construction being the top section of the Arbor. This consists of a front and back fascia board with an angled cut on the ends 140mm x 35mm. I did however, make an internal frame inside that which screwed to the end frames and to the fascias. I then made the 5 cross members with matching angled cuts for the top which are glued and screwed in position.
I finished staining the arbor then cut up some treated pine batten that I had lying around to 19mm square and rounded over the ends then glued and bradded to make a decorative trellis on each side panel.
Next I cut up some scrap boards to make brackets and also make some planter boxes for the ends.
I glued a couple boards together for each bracket.
Then drew a pattern that I liked and cut them out on the band saw and sanded them.
I made it as a shelf and the planter box just sits on top without any fastening.
All done with the BBQ in place.
Wow oh Wow!!!
Fabulous design & execution mate.
Thanks for sharing your pics & how tos, I can only dream of doing what you've done.
To show my gratitude, I'll drop in & give you a live demonstration of how we can go through a slab of beer. Though with me being a safety nut & responsible drinker, I'll bring my sleeping bag, & sleep it off in your workshop.
I'm a retired South Aussie too. ; )
Not that I need a structure like this, but HUGE thanks for the step by step photos and instructions for us not so talented wannabe chippies. I hope other members follow your example to show how easy a project can be with detailed photos and instructions