Garden arbor

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Project by Skiedra posted 02-16-2012 10:52 AM 2204 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I found photos of a beautiful garden online. An entrance had a garden arbor.
Really liked the idea, so I grabbed whatever tools I had, basically: miter saw & jigsaw.

Purchased raw untreated 2×4 (5×10 cms) pine from the local lumberyard.

It took 8 pcs of 2×4 (pine), also 2 pcs of 2×8 for the top.
I did side panel weaving from larch wood. Lumberyard owner advised me to use it for better rot resistance.

P shape holders are joint using wooden dowels. So are the top rods.

As I’m but a very fresh woodworker, only few tools were available for this. Therefore, most of connections were done using drilling, dowels and simple screws. The jigsaw had a hard time cutting out the top curve.

I treated the wood with some wood chemicals and wood paint.

The legs stands onto 6 inches of gravel (for better water drainage), sunken into 1,5 foot of concrete.

On the sides my wife planted climbing roses, hopefully they will grow with time.

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 01:09 PM

Beautiful, I will need to steal this idea, thanks for posting

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 01:54 PM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 02:33 PM

I really like the side weaving thats really neat well done

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 02:48 PM

Nice looking arbor.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 05:25 PM

Nice work. I can’t wait for spring to get some outdoor projects done like this.

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 06:28 PM

Thanks for the thumbs up. I’m very glad I found this site. Many of the projects are simply amazing. My “favorites” folders i going to explode soon ;)

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 04:05 AM

Yet another item added to my favorite list. I have a patio that I have been looking for a pergola design for. This just might fit the bill. Thanks for sharing.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 06:40 PM

I really like the weaving design.

It sure beats the ones from the store.
I have checked them out and couldn’t figure out why anyone would want one. It is just too small, structually is questionalble and expensive.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 06:15 PM

Excellent job. It would be nice to see a pic in the future with roses growing on it.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 05-22-2012 08:56 AM

I am planning a pergola. I like your design. Nice job.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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