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    Look me up for sure. I took Lavrans (whatever happened to him, anyway) out for lunch a while back when he came through town, I think he met Dick on that trip too.
    kevin
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    can we all show pics of our redwood projects here? That would be fun.
    These are recent pics of an arbor I designed and built in '95. Never treated. I think it weathers nicely..except for those damned coated screws!..! Stainless every time now.

    It was fun. I learned a lot, and made some mistakes, but saved em ok. I bid the project and made about 3.50 an hour for six weeks ;)
    It paid off later by landing me a 1 mil. house contract.

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    Very nice larryh, looks like the kind of thing that usually gravitates to me...radius work. How many laminations, those are laminated, right, in the arches?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larryh View Post
    These are recent pics of an arbor I designed and built in '95. Never treated. I think it weathers nicely..except for those damned coated screws!..! Stainless every time now.
    Beautiful. And yes, it has weathered very nicely.

    As far as fasteners, celebrate them! They're holding the thing up! I don't mind seeing nicely placed dark spots at connections any more than I mind seeing knots. They are both naturally intrinsic to the structure.
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    I like to see bolts, not really screws, the last home I built I drilled and plugged all screws in door jambs etc. To make them subtly visible, and since I had mahogany exterior and walnut interior doors, for contrast I plugged all mahogany with walnut and all walnut with mahogany tying the woods together.
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    Thanks, The arched beams are laminated With 7/16 pieces. The smaller archways were someting like 1/4".The structure's a lot of mortise and tennon, with some lags and screws thrown in here and there. The top of it was supposed to be smothered with vines which is why i just went with simple 2x4 lattice work.
    I agree 100% about celebrating fasteners. I like the look of silicon bronze On cedar and rw. Also like the look of plugs.

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