An arbor provides clematis, ivy, roses, and other climbing plants with support. When these decorative structures are placed in a yard, the area looks more elegant. With climbing plants all over it, it makes a beautiful backdrop for photos. This project costs under $250 and takes only about two hours to do. Add some climbing plants and you are all set!
You will need:
• Two 1×6 boards
• Two 2×4 boards (for bracing)
• Eight 2×2 boards
• Two 4×4 posts
• Fast-drying cement
• Circular saw
• Post hole digger
• Plumb bob
• 3-inch galvanized deck screws
Step 1: Select the location for the arbor. Mark the spot for the two posts. Dig holes 30 inches deep and 12 inches wide with the post hole digger.
Step 2: Add some gravel to the bottom of each hole to provide drainage. Insert one 4×4 post into each hole. Use the plumb bob and level to make sure the posts are plumb and level.
Step 3: Attach the 2×4 bracing to hold the posts in place.
Step 4: Follow the manufacturer instructions to mix the cement. Pour the cement into each hole and allow 24 hours for it to cure.
Step 5: Cut the 1×6 boards slightly longer than the arbor opening. Use the pencil to draw a design on the beam ends. Cut the design out with the jigsaw.
Step 6: Attach the beams from Step 5 to the back and front of the posts, using the deck screws.
Step 7: Cut the 2x2s into 8 pieces, each 8 feet in length. At each end, notch off a 45-degree angle cut.
Step 8: Space the rafters from Step 7 evenly on the top of the 1×6 boards. Secure the boards using the deck screws.
Step 9: Dig holes around the base of this new arbor and plant climbing plants.