Build Wooden Arches for Your Garden Build Wooden Arches for Your Garden

What You'll Need
6 1/8 inch thick by 6 inch wide pieces of lumber 96 inches long
One piece of lumber 1/4 inch thick by 1-inch wide by 96 inches long
Measuring Tape
Pencil marker
15 T forms
15 screw clamps
A 1/4 inch by 6 inch by 96 inches long strip of Masonite
An air compressor
A pneumatic stapler
3/4 inch staples
A table saw
A jointer
Work table

Wooden arches installed as garden accents are wonderful visual points of reference when entering, or leaving, a landscaped area. The right tools and knowledge can offer a project that can enhance your garden area, while increasing your property values.

Step 1 – Measurements
Measure and mark down the required width and height (from center) for the arch. On your work table, draw a horizontal line the measurement of the arch width while marking the center. On the 1-inch strip of lumber, draw a line representing the arch height. Attach this to the table by drilling at hole at one of the marks. Make a measured line that is 7/8 of an inch on the inside of the arch line that is drawn on the table allowing you to set up the 15 T forms and the Masonite strip.

Step 2 – Mark the Ts
Make a mark on each T an 1/8 of an inch, from inside the vertical form. Secure each T on this mark wit 2 ¼-inch screws.

Step 3 – Secure the Masonite
Make sure to secure the Masonite strip on the front of the vertical form of the T with a pneumatic stapler. Put a piece of masking tape on the front of the T, covering the vertical and horizontal areas.

Step 4 -Time to Glue

Use a liberal amount of glue on one side of the five pieces of the 1/8-inch strips of lumber. Place the glued side to the unglued side attaching all units, until all six pieces are joined. Find the center of the six pieces glued together and place it against your 4-inch Masonite securing it with a screw clamp.

Step 5 – Secure Additional T forms
Use the remaining screw clamps to secure the T forms, until the lumber is firmly joined against all T form surface area. Let the glue dry overnight before removing the screw clamps.

Step 8 – Finish

Using the jointer, smooth one edge fully and then carefully rip the width needed with the table saw.

Step 9 – Paint or Finish
Although natural looking wood objects are quite popular, you may wish to paint or stain your finished arch.

Always be careful when working with power saws making sure to wear protective eyewear. Since glue is an important bonding agent for this project, make sure to use a sufficient amount to get the job done. As you always should, be extremely careful operating the saw and jointer to create a safe and successful project.

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