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A simple arbor is easy to build and doesn’t imply a significant investment, but it will definitely enhance the look of your backyard. Always align the wooden components at both ends, before drilling the pilot holes and inserting the galvanized screws.
After making the sides of the garden arbor, you should build the components of the arched top.
The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the 2×2 wood strips to the arched components, as in the free plans. After building the arched top of the arbor you should fit it into place and secure it tightly. PRO TIP: Use a spirit level to plumb the sides of the simple arbor and to check if the top component is perfectly horizontal. PRO TIP: Sand the wooden surfaces with 120-grit sandpaper, vacuum the residues and apply several coats of stain or paint, to protect the wooden components against wood decay.
Learn how to build your own simple window planter boxes by checking out my most recent Houzz Ideabook. Have you built any window planter boxes of your own?  I'd love to see what style you built!
When the sun is out and shining (even when it hasn't been) we've been busy working outdoors sprucing up our yard with some a pea gravel pathway, hanging shelves, a brand new deck and now this beautiful garden arbor.  Does your yard need a little boost like ours did?
We are well underway with plans for the first ever Astoria Craft Party on August 24th from 4-8 pm at the Fort George Lovell Building. Have you thought about building a deck but just didn't think you could manage a project of that scale?  Well, think again! The lovely ladies, Katie from Bower Power and Sherry from YoungHouseLove along with the equally lovely Kate - better known as Centsational Girl and Michelle from the blog Ten June are the hosts for this summer edition. These simple pergola plans use trellis for the roof instead of many of the rafters, cutting down on the quantity of materials, time, effort and brain power.
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Green beans are one of the most reliable warm weather home gardener’s crops in Southwest Idaho. I show you this, because I humbly admit that I frequently am unaware of what others consider to be basic tools. But let’s go on to happier things, like actually going through the steps of constructing the arched trellis! Drag your ranch panels over and place one of the short edges against  2 posts near the dirt. While one person holds the panel there, the other person needs to bend the panel and place the other short end in front of the posts just opposite. Twist about 8 inch lengths of aluminum utility wire around the posts and fencing, both at the bottom and top of the post. The one draw back I have found is that the presence of the trellis makes weeding a little harder. I planted pumpkins (not sprouted at time of photo) to the right of the beans and hot peppers to the left (still small and some mostly bug eaten, will be replanted). Happy trellising – let me know how it works for you and if you discover any good ideas.
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All pictures and content including the name and logo "Daily Improvisations" are Copyright (c) 2015 by Laura Blodgett, unless otherwise noted. Hand ramming small devices such as black-powder fountains and rocket motors is a great way to get started making fireworks. Some compositions--such as whistle and strobe rocket fuels--are impact sensitive, so hand ramming is out of the question due to safety considerations. For these and other reasons, at some point in our pyro-hobby career a press becomes a necessity.
Here are some pictures of the simple, inexpensive modified arbor press we will be building in this project. Among their other virtues, presses provide greatly improved mechanical advantage than is available when hand ramming.
When the above press is used on that same device, it is easy to apply 1,750 pounds of force to the surface area of the composition, which equates to 9,000 psi (pressure) on the composition.
That tremendous difference in pressure on the composition results in much greater compaction of the composition and the creation of a much more solid fuel "grain." Some fuels only perform well when they are pressed at these high pressures, and greater compaction results in more fuel being consolidated in the tube. An arbor press is a mechanical shop-tool designed to do jobs which require these kinds of forces and pressures, such as installing or removing bearings from machine parts. A one-ton press is rated to apply up to 2,000 pounds of force on something such as rocket tooling.
That amount of force then becomes pressure, rated in PSI (pounds per square inch), when it is applied to a particular surface area. As the size (diameter) of the rammer increases, the maximum force that can be applied to the rammer by the press remains the same--2,000 pounds.
The basic one-ton arbor press we will be adapting for our project can be found for sale here.
The press comes assembled except for the loose shaft and lever-arm assembly, and the collar which will hold the shaft in place eventually. All of these parts will have a layer of grease on them, applied by the manufacturer to prevent rusting in shipment. You'll notice that the bottom of the press is not solid and flat, but has four "feet" which must be supported for the press to rest solidly on its work surface.
All the lumber and hardware used in this project is readily available at local hardware and lumber stores. The threaded-rod bottom nuts and washers are recessed into the bottom piece of wood, so the base can sit flat on the workbench.


Note: If you have a roof-truss manufacturing plant in your area, you might ask them if they have any 2x6 SYP scraps you can have.
The top piece of wood is labeled #6, and is the piece the arbor press will sit directly on. A circular saw, a saber-saw, and an electric drill are to be used to cut and drill the wood to these dimensions. Now that you have all the pieces of lumber cut, drilled, and sanded smooth, it's time for a trial-fit of the whole assembly to verify that everything is aligned properly and the pieces all fit together well. It can make that job easier, and will help prevent splitting the lumber, if the wood is pre-drilled for the screw-holes prior to applying the glue. After the glue has dried completely, remove the arbor press and threaded rods, and give the base a good coat of black paint. Note: Of course, if you're only planning to press red-iron-oxide-catalyst whistle fuel, you may wish to paint your press base a matching shade of pink. The metal cover over the shaft and ram recess has four attachment bolts, and two adjustment bolts with locknuts on them. Use a small brush to spread a thin film of grease inside the areas where the shaft will turn, the area where the ram slides up and down, in the teeth of the shaft gear, and in the teeth of the ram. The two front adjustment bolts on the front cover and the two adjustment bolts on the side of the press should be backed out far enough that the ram can travel easily up and down. A spot of grease will hold the thin metal shim in place in its position in the recess of the front cover. Now install the locking collar on the left side of the shaft as shown above to hold the shaft securely in position within the press. Note: If that collar is at all loose, and the press is picked up by the lever arm, the whole shaft and lever arm assembly can slide out of the press. The two side adjustment bolts are designed to just barely rub on the ram as it moves up and down, thereby limiting side-to-side movement as the ram travels.
These bolts should be tightened, one at a time, until the ram stops sliding easily up and down. Once the bolts have been adjusted correctly, the ram will slide up and down easily, but will have very little side-to-side or front-to-back play.
This longer lever arm can be centered in the shaft, and held in that location by wraps of tape on the arm on both sides of the shaft as shown in the photos above and below. The press is just high enough on its new base to allow this longer arm to be rotated 360 degrees.
There are many different options and creative ideas to consider when deciding what you want to do with your Pergola. Usually larger than an arbor but less confining than a gazebo, Pergolas may be as simple as an overhead structure attached to the rear of your house to cover a deck.
You can add a swing that hangs from the upper beams of a Pergola, but be sure to make the structure sturdy enough to support the weight of the swing as well as its occupants. Pergola posts are often anchored to low concrete footings, yet sometimes they’re just embedded into the ground. An open-top Pergola is a free-standing Pergola that doesn’t feature a complete canopy. Many Pergola owners who enjoy a breeze have decided to shed some light on their outdoor recreation by installing ceiling fans with lights. If you prefer a little more privacy under your Pergola, dense planting can provide an excellent alternative to lattice-wrapped Pergola walls.
Depending on the region you live in, there may be quite a few airborne insects and critters flying around that you’d rather not encounter while relaxing in your new Pergola. In this article we show you free garden arbor plans that require just basic woodworking skills.
In addition, we recommend you to buy quality lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the arbor will look exquisite and be durable. From our own experience, the easiest techniques to get the job done, in a professional manner, is to cut them out of 2×6 lumber. Check if the heads of the screws are level with the wooden surface and make the necessary adjustments if possible. If you have enjoyed the plans, we recommend you to share it with your friends, by using the social media widgets.
It has un-notched rafters sitting on the side rafter supports, which makes construction extremely straightforward. With some help from this same long-suffering son, I determined that it would work fine to slightly overlap the ranch panels, and thus be able to use fewer stakes.
I recommend a 20 or 25 year old son for this (thanks, Ben and Jesse)  Now it is spring loaded, so be careful! This removes some of the pressure on the posts and gives the structure a pleasant cathedral door shape. I chose to do this just inside the arch, thinking the plants will more naturally attach themselves. Sign up for the Daily Improvisations newsletter to get my ebook Learn How to Improvise Your Daily Problem Solving and notifications for new ebooks and giveaways. My fun right now includes barefoot running, swimming, triathlon training, gardening, discovering how to be a grandma (going by the grandma name of "Lulu"), sewing, studying Mandarin Chinese, learning about the stock market, non-institutional Christian fellowship, cooking, and occasional traveling. Written by her mother, Melody's Life Savings is the true story of the family's journey together during the illness and the impact of Melody's small legacy. But as you advance you will find that consolidating pyrotechnic compositions by hand ramming will only get you so far. Or perhaps you suffer from carpal-tunnel syndrome, and all that hand hammering is simply painful. Many rocket builders press the fuels in their higher-power motors at that 7,500-9,000 PSI pressure. This press is also portable and easily transported, making it perfect to take to local and national fireworks club events. These holes are designed to have owner-provided bolts installed through them to solidly attach the press to a workbench. But be careful when doing this in case the drill bit grabs in the metal, as previously mentioned. In the USA Midwest and elsewhere, this wood is commonly available as 2x8's and larger construction lumber used for floor joists and roof rafters.


To ensure that they do (even if you got off of the specified dimensions a little when drilling the two new holes in the arbor press earlier), it is best to use the actual holes in your press as a guide for marking the spots to drill the holes in these pieces of wood. A drill press is ideal for drilling the holes in the wood, since it can ensure that the holes are drilled perfectly straight through the lumber.
Drilling and screwing the boards from their bottoms, starting with boards 6 and 5, and working through 4, 3, 2, and finally 1, will keep all the screw heads hidden once the base is turned right-side-up. Securely tighten the rod's nuts to compress the whole wood assembly together as the glue dries. The paint will seal moisture out of the wood base, and prevent swelling, shrinking, warping, or cracking. Also apply a thin film of grease on all three of the flat surfaces of the ram that will slide through the press.
Similarly, the two front adjustment bolts press the shim against the ram--ever so slightly--to limit ram movement in the front-to-back direction. Then the bolt should be backed off slightly until the ram just slides easily, and the locking nut tightened down to hold the bolt in place securely. This arm is relatively short, and must be moved back-and-forth through the hole in the shaft as different height devices are pressed.
Whichever end of the arm is the most comfortable at any given time can then be used to press items with the press.
You may want to consider how you will be using your new Pergola and what you can add to it, to create a space that accommodates all of your recreational needs. Simple support methods will do for small outdoor structures, but with larger Pergolas you’ll need something more substantial.
A classical post-and-beam Pergola can be used to join old and new wings of a house, providing a natural, flowing transition from one area to another.
Adding an Entry Pergola over a stone walkway or mulched pathway is a wonderful way to create a spectacular and inviting entrance to your garden or outdoor recreation area. Adding this simple feature will provide more temperature control on those steamy Summer days and more light when trying to finish a good book at dusk.
In a very short time your climbing plants can fill in nicely, creating a more private and secluded atmosphere to relax in.
Screened-in Pergolas provide an ideal solution to keep the insects out and the good times in. Pergolas provide many opportunities to personalize your garden or recreation area to fit your wants and needs. As you will see in the instructions, building a simple arbor can be done in just a few hours, as you just need to cut a few components and assemble them together.
Select the lumber with attention, checking if the slats are straight and don’t have any visible flaws (bow, chips, splits).
As you can notice in the image, you need to leave about 11” between the strips of wood. The trellis fits neatly inside the four rafters, giving a very clean finish.I made one of these a little while ago and it looked fabulous. With all the correct tools and materials at hand, this pergola should also only take a day to build, at the most. Or perhaps you want to construct a fireworks device or use a type of tooling that requires consolidation of the pyrotechnic composition with greater force than is possible with hand ramming. So, the press allows us to very easily apply this much higher amount of pressure to our devices.
Although these dimensions are standard for "2x6" construction lumber, typically 2x6's construction lumber comes in spruce or white pine wood.
In the photos of the finished press, you'll see a nice extension handle installed on the arbor press, instead of the handle it originally came with.
Brick or stone pedestals are a perfect example and are sure to provide an idea resting place to enjoy your beautiful garden or outdoor recreation area. After a short period of time, climbing plants can grow over and around your screened-in Pergola, providing a natural appearance that flows with the surrounding garden landscape. You make take inspiration from a previous suggestion, or better yet, come up with a Pergola Idea of your own. I am currently building a pergola to connect my house to the garden, and I was a little unsure about some details concerning the rafters. Also, find more specific information within the plans themselves.Adapting the plans is easy. The simple, easily adapted press shown in this project will cost less than $75 total--much more affordable.
Force applied to the lever is mechanically multiplied into a resulting higher force applied by the ram. Other areas of the country use different wood species for such construction framing where strength is required.
Both sets of plans are fully adaptable, the only restriction of Design 1 being the size of trellis you are able to source.
Just inquire at your lumber yard as to what lumber is used for floor joists in home construction, and use that lumber.
To make your pergola a unique and interesting garden structure, use one of the 18 free rafter tail templates to give it a real 'Wow' factor. A few years ago I was trying to put in a rather tall post and could not easily get leverage with the handles.
If you have never drilled metal before, consider getting some guidance from someone who has. My son had to take me to emergency and hold my other hand as I groaned loudly while they stitched me up.



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