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Building the BBQ Arbor

Wayne
Super Contributor

Building the BBQ Arbor

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I stained the base with a Golden Cedar stain.
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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.
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I set up the fence and a stop block on the Mortiser and drilled out the mortise joints on the 4 uprights.
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I set up the Tenon Jig and made the vertical cuts for the tenons in the side runners.
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Then used the Miter Gauge on the Table Saw to finish off the Tenons.
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Finished Tenon.
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Then assembled the end frames with glue and clamps.
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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.
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I finished staining the arbor then BBQ Arbor19.jpgcut 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.
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I glued a couple boards together for each bracket.
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Then drew a pattern that I liked and cut them out on the band saw and sanded them.
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I made it as a shelf and the planter box just sits on top without any fastening.
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All done with the BBQ in place.

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CathD
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

Interesting! Thanks for showing the step-by-step pictures @Wayne. You did a great job. 

Wayne
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

Thank you Cath.

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Andy_Mann
Trusted Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

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. ; )

Wayne
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

Sounds good to me! and thanks for the compliments.

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aly
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

This looks amazing! Love the detailed steps and photographs!
Ben
Established Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

Amazing work @Wayne, thank you for sharing such detailed photos. I can't word work at all, but would like to learn, and thanks to you am searching for an excuse to buy a mortising machine!
Annette
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

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

Trying
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

 
Trying
Super Contributor

Re: Building the BBQ Arbor

You really do make the wood 'speak' to us. What a great job Wayne - well done ! Cheers

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