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Build an arbor

  • Difficulty: hammer hammer hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-end Project

This elegant arbor is an aesthetic and useful addition to any landscape design. The arched arbor measures 7 ½' tall, 8' wide and 2 ½' deep, complete with a hinged gate and two small bench seats. The pressure treated lumber assures your structure will withstand harsh conditions for years to come. The intermediate DIY-er should have no trouble completing this beautiful project in a weekend.
Implement this arbor over the walkway to your front door as a welcoming embrace for your guests. Or, perhaps it would be better placed in the backyard as a mini oasis for you to enjoy with a cup of coffee or good book. Where ever you decide to build your arbor, it will enhance your home’s design while providing a climbing wall for plants and a small bench for you to rest. Personalize it to the style of your home with paint and plantings.


Tools and materials required


  • 3/8" bit
  • 1/2" bit
  • 3" hole saw
  • Bevel square (optional)
  • Circular saw
  • Compass (optional)
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Mitre saw (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Square
  • Tape measure


  • 12 bags of crushed stone dust
  • 6 pieces of treated lumber 4" x 4" x 10'
  • 2 pieces of treated lumber 2" x 12" x 12'
  • 1 piece of treated lumber 2" x 4" x 10'
  • 1 piece of treated lumber 1 ¼" x 4" x 8'
  • 3 pieces of treated lumber 1 ¼" x 4" x 10'
  • 3 - 8" ‘U’ shaped lattice moulding
  • 3 - 48" x 96" sheet of treated lumber lattice
  • 2 - 4" x 8" x ½" Spruce plywood exterior
  • 2 decorative post cap
  • 11 pieces of treated lumber 1" x 6" x 5"
  • 2 pieces of treated lumber 2" x 4" x 8'
  • 2pieces of treated lumber 2" x 6" x 12'
  • 100 - 3" Exterior type screws
  • 300 - 2 ½" Exterior type screws
  • 2 fence hinges
  • 1 door latch / handle

Before Assembly


Arbor elevation




Treated wood should be handled with precautions.

  • Wear gloves and long sleeves when handling treated wood to avoid skin contact and to protect against splinters.
  • Wear dust mask, eye protection, gloves and long sleeves when sawing, sanding or shaping treated wood to avoid skin contact with or inhalation of sawdust, to protect against splinters and to protect eyes from flying particles. When making cross cuts, use a cut sealer as the factory-treatment rarely goes to the heartwood.

During construction:

  • Use nails, screws, bolts, connectors and other hardware resistant to corrosion: stainless steel, hot-dipped galvanized, yellow zinc or other hardware specially coated for outdoor use. Ordinary fasteners will rust, causing unsightly stains and weakening the structure, ultimately causing it to fail.
  • Make certain the wood is thoroughly dry before painting or staining, and follow the coating manufacturer's recommendations. Use only good quality oil or acrylic coatings on water repellent pressure treated wood.
  • Do not dispose of treated wood remnants or sawdust in compost heaps, wood chips, or mulch. Do not use it as animal bedding or litter.
  • Never burn treated wood.



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