On a Craftsman-style home on Cape Cod, arched, red-cedar cross beams support a glass covering for this arbor.
On a Craftsman-style home on Cape Cod, arched, red-cedar cross beams support a glass covering for this arbor.

Unlike other glass ceilings, this one is strictly for shelter. It's held up by 16 identical glued-up red cedar arbor beams in two different sizes, so the challenge was to come up with an efficient way to cut multiple beams so that all the beams within each section would be exactly the same size. In this JLC Online article, Cape Cod builder Cregg Sweeney explains how he used a jigsaw and a router to shape them, as well as how he attached them to the framing. If you like working with cedar - and who doesn't? - you'll enjoy this inside look at another carpenter at work.

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