Steps // How to Build a Garden Arbor
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Overview of How-to Build an Arched Garden Arbor

 
Step One // How to Build a Garden Arbor

Overview of How-to Build an Arched Garden Arbor

illustration of the component parts to build an arched garden arbor
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

You can tweak this design by using diagonal lattice, adding more crosspieces to the arch, or making it taller

 
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Make the Arches

 
Step Two // How to Build a Garden Arbor

Make the Arches

highlight of how-to build the arches for an arched garden arbor
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut, glue, and screw two staggered layers of 1x6s, with the ends cut at 22½ degrees and the longer sides measuring 21 inches, into the shape of an arch. Trace a half-circle curve onto the wood. Use a jigsaw to cut through both layers. Make the second arch the same way, using the first arch to trace the curve.

 
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Assemble the Side Frames

 
Step Three // How to Build a Garden Arbor

Assemble the Side Frames

highlight of how-to build the side frames for an arched garden arbor
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Attach two crosspieces between two 2x4 legs, all set on edge. Attach lattice stops to the frame's interior about ½ inch from the top edge. Flip the frame over and lay a piece of lattice onto the stops. Place a second set of stops on the lattice, and secure them to the frame on all sides. Attach a shorter 2x4 to each leg to form posts; the 2x4s should be flush at the bottom. Make the second side frame the same way.

 
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Install the Purlins

 
Step Four // How to Build a Garden Arbor

Install the Purlins

highlight of how-to install the purlins for an arched garden arbor
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Lay the arches on top of each other. Drill pilot holes for 2x2 purlins through both arches. Attach the 2x2s between the arches with glue and with screws through the pilot holes. Plug or fill the holes.

 
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Assemble the Arbor

 
Step Five // How to Build a Garden Arbor

Assemble the Arbor

highlight of how-to assemble an arched garden arbor
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Set the arch assembly onto the shorter 2x4 legs. Attach it to the longer 2x4s. Use mitered trim to cover the joint between the arch assembly and posts. Install using ground screws for 4x4 posts.

 

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