Arcs for small strawberry fields

Here on the north pole, we need clothed arcs for many plants, if we want them to bear fruits. We’ve made a makeshift arc that has honestly been terrible. A nice task for the mpcnc!

I made them in three parts, with a polygon joint. This because I wanted to use as cheap lumber as possible, especially considering the pricing atm. The dimensions are 22x148mm for the lumber. The width of the arc is 1.4m.



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Looks like a significant upgrade!

The joint looks pretty dang good. I need to dream up something big so I can do cool stuff like this.

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We tried growing strawberries. The squirrels loved them. They don’t seem to eat the chives that come back every year though…

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We planted three Hood strawberry plants the spring after we moved to The Dalles (so 2008). The strawberry patch is now close to dominant in the back yard and produces a couple of gallons of berries each year. And they are so much better than the store bought California berries. :slight_smile:

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@turbinbjorn Do you end up sealing the ends somewhat too or is the arc covering enough to keep the plants happy? Always curious about the gardening stuff.

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Significant indeed! I don’t know what we were thinking when me made those… well, it’s very satisfying to use CAD, woodworking and gardening skills in combination. I must admit, I spent most of the time in the fusion 360, figuring out how to make the joints in a simple, yet effective way.

We actually dont know! We often go by the happy go lucky method… I’m afraid that we have to seal the ends, but I have to check with some gardening people…