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Tuesday
Oct282008

Western red cedar arbor

This arbor, in western red cedar, involved a lot of special care. The front beam includes a variation of a Japanese scarf joint (a Sumikiri isuka tsugi, or rabbeted halves scarf joint) to allow for the length required. The posts have hand carved lambs tongue stop chamfers. The half lap joints where the beams meet are sloped to allow for water shedding. Also featured is a hand carved white oak key, which allows the joint in the front beam to be adjusted as needed.


These pictures were taken several months after the installation (also shows the completed arbor).