How to Build an Arched Arbor How to Build an Arched Arbor

What You'll Need
4 - 2x4x8 treated studs
18 - 1x2x8 treated slats
1 - 2x12x8 treated board
5 lbs. - 2 1/2 -in. exterior screws
Wood glue
Drill/Driver
Circular saw
Jig saw
Work gloves
Safety goggles

Liven up your lawn or flower garden with an arched arbor. You don’t have to spend a fortune on one because you can make it yourself. It just takes a few basic building materials and some elbow grease. An arbor can dress up any outdoor space and provide a trellis for climbing vines and roses.

Step 1: Deciding on a Style

Arched arbors take many different shapes and styles. They can be made of wood, vinyl, aluminum or other metals or PVC. They can also be ornate designs, simple designs, painted or natural. We will build a simple, wooden arbor that anyone with basic woodworking skills can do.

Step 2: Choosing a Location

Choose where you would like the arbor to be. Most people choose to put arbors outside, but you can also install one inside the home as well. It can decorate a garden room, or brighten up an entrance. Wherever is, you’ll need to anchor it against something so that it does not topple over with brackets or flanges. Anchor brackets into the concrete. Or, you can also cement the arbor to the ground.

Step 3: Cutting the Lumber

Build your arbor so that it is at least 8 feet high, 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep. You can customize the size to fit your needs. Cut the 2x12 in half, and lay two of the posts 4 feet apart. Place the 2x12 segments above them.

Mark an arch on them to connect the posts, outlining it 4 inches wide. Using the jig saw, cut out the arch. Do the same with the other segments and two posts.

Cut eight of the 2x2s in half and cut the other six to lengths of 6 feet. Fasten the end posts together with glue and screws, letting them completely dry. Wear safety gloves when working with the wood.

Step 4: Erecting the Arbor

Drill pilot holes to keep screws from splitting the 1x2s. Attach eight 1x2s equally spaced on each side of the arches to connect the posts. Start 2 feet from the bottom of the posts and put them on the outside of the arch. Then, add four slats across the top of the arch and stand up the structure. Screw the six 6-foot 1x2s inside the arch on the horizontal slats. Wear safety glasses when using the saw.

Step 5: Installing the Structure

Measure the distance between the bottom of the posts, recording the width and length. If the arbor is to be installed in the ground, dig four post holes. Dig up to approximately 2 feet, arranging them the width and length needed. Place the arbor over the holes and use ready mix cement to secure them. Lastly, you can paint your arbor or leave it natural, depending on your preference.

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