Arched Arbor

Create a pretty entryway to your yard or garden.
Starting the Project

What You Need:

entry into courtyard Create a courtyard entryway.

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Pick and shovel or spade
  • Level
  • Mortar trowel
  • Stakes
  • Circular saw
  • Posthole digger (optional; for arbor post footings)
  • Hammer drill with 3/4-inch bit (optional)
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Caulking gun
  • Paintbrush
  • Clamps
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Framing square
  • String line or chalk line

Notes: The 1x2, 2x4, 4x4, and 4x6 lumber may be pressure-treated pine or cedar as desired. The arbor posts may be set in concrete footings or supported on the surface of the slab. The brick, concrete, and lattice quantities shown are for a single section of wall 8 feet long and must be adjusted to fit your site. If desired, paint or stain the wood before assembly and let dry.


  • Four 4x6s, 8 feet long, for arbor posts (E)
  • One 50-pound bag of gravel (optional; for poured post footings only)
  • Twelve 60-pound sacks of concrete mix (optional; for poured post footings only)
  • Anchoring cement (optional)
  • 1/2-inch steel rod or rebar (optional)
  • Two 2x12s, 12 feet long, for arches (F)
  • Exterior glue or construction adhesive
  • 4d galvanized finishing nails
  • Four 2x6s, 9-1/2 inches long, for post caps (G)
  • Four 2x8s, 11-1/2 inches long, for top caps (H)
  • 3-inch-long deck screws
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint in desired color
  • 40 feet of 3/4-inch cove molding
  • Ten 2x3s, 48 inches long, for roof slats (I)
  • Eight 1x4s, 15 inches long, for post shoes (J)
  • Two 2x6s, approximately 35 inches long, for gate rails (L) (See Diagram 2)
  • Two 2x4s, 42 inches long, for gate stiles (K)
  • Nine 1x2s, approximately 28 inches long, for gate slats (M)
  • Two 6-inch strap hinges with screws
  • One 4-inch barrel bolt with screws

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