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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject: Moon Gate. Reply with quote

I was thinking about a Moon Gate to put somewhere in the garden and I came across this site.

[size=18]Moon Gates[/size].


I'd thought about making a simple one out of plywood and Lo & Behold! someone has made one already, exactly like I was thinking of.



Anyone built one and any tips? As for example, the cheapest way to build one. I couldn't afford a stone one, which I know would be best. And if the bottom of a plywood one was inserted in the ground, surely it would rot?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have two lovely ornate stone boundary walls, would you not go the bit extra and do the moon gate in the same stone for the sake of harmony?
Which of those pictures were you thinking of? I know Mary Reynolds and have worked with her a few times.
If using ply then use marine ply as it will last year's longer.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Money, Tagwex, money!

Anyway. Where I was thinking of putting one (just a figary really) wouldn't really suit a stone one. Also I've nowhere to deposit a load of stone; everything's built up now.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely pictures on your link. I like the one made with logs or one made with living plants but I guess it needs to fit in with the rest of the garden. As for plywood (marine ply) I think it would rot in the ground, I guess you would need to attach it to stone / concrete legs like one does with decking or perhaps well treated posts would do, and then paint it. I would be concerned about wind and wet with something like the plywood one. Stone looks lovely with a bit of moss and is a great habitat for creatures.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Money, Tagwex, money!

You're not fooling anyone KS sure you have loads of it! Surely the stone can be deposited anywhere on your plot, is there not a stoned drive going to the very back of it? Only a matter of hauling it to the required spot. As i said, marine ply will last year's longer than WBP ply. Which of the pictures matched what you had in mind?

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Ahhhh. I see now that what I said doesn't make sense. When I saw the first post there were no photos to see and now there are, unless you added them later.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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kindredspirit wrote:
Money, Tagwex, money!

You're not fooling anyone KS sure you have loads of it!


That's where you're very wrong. Believe it or not everything is done on budget except originally, the stone walls, the red sandstone slabs and the concrete for the pond, which was financed by money I got and which is now all gone. I'm going to start a fund for making the garden better. Smile Would you like to contribute?

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What about using a pair of concenrtic circles of rebar , welded, say a foot apart?. It could be made up as a frame and infilled (or not) with logs, rocks, etc etc.
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What about using a pair of concenrtic circles of rebar , welded, say a foot apart?. It could be made up as a frame and infilled (or not) with logs, rocks, etc etc.


I'd thought of that but I don't think I could pull it off successfully. Sad

If it was made of plywood it would need to be covered with a plastic-like covering that was matt in colour and totally waterproof.

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There are industrial resin coatings like that around. You see examples in children's playgrounds of wooden products designed for long term outdoor use.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:
Would you like to contribute?


The cheque is in the post!

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tagwex wrote:
kindredspirit wrote:
Would you like to contribute?


The cheque is in the post!


Thanks. No need to give you my address. You know it already. Smile Smile

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There are industrial resin coatings like that around. You see examples in children's playgrounds of wooden products designed for long term outdoor use.


That's what I'd need. Are they available in an ordinary hardware shop, though? I'd imagine they're applied hot?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would you consider fibre glass?
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tagwex wrote:
Would you consider fibre glass?


Fibre glass would be perfect but I imagine the cost would be very high. I'd still have to make it in wood first and then overlap it with fibre glass sheeting. Good idea, though.

I've found three makes of liquid rubber. Isoflex Liquid Rubber, Acrypol and Flexycryl.
Isoflex would be best as it comes in black; the other two are grey.
Couldn't get a price on the net here but it's very expensive in B & Q, UK. Don't know how many tins I'd need.

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