Rounded Arbor with a Gate

Define the entry to your garden with this charming structure.
Getting Started


Arch-top Arbor and Gate Arch-Top Arbor

  • Posthole digger
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter's square
  • Level
  • 2x4s for temporary supports
  • Hammer
  • Circular saw or power miter saw
  • Drill
  • Router or table saw
  • Jigsaw


Note: The 4x4, 2x4, 2x12, 1x4, and 1x2 lumber may be pressure-treated pine, cedar, or redwood, as desired.

Main Structure:

  • Crushed rock (enough for 6 inches in the bottom of each posthole)
  • Four bags of concrete mix
  • Four 4x4s, 8 feet long, for posts (A)
  • Two 4x4s, 28 inches long, for crossbeams (B)
  • Two 2x4s, 24 inches long, for crossbraces (C)
  • Two 2x12s, 8 feet long, for arches (D)
  • Two 1x4s, 7 inches long, for arch caps (E)
  • Fourteen 1x2s, 28 inches long, for roof braces (F)
  • Four 1/8 x 1-1/2-inch laths, 8 feet long, for roof slats (G)
  • Two 1x4s, 8 feet long, for fasciae (H)
  • 1-inch cove molding, 16 feet long
  • 3/4-inch cove molding, 16 feet long
  • 3-inch-long deck screws
  • 1-1/4-inch-long deck screws
  • 4d galvanized finishing nails
  • One tube of silicone caulk
  • Four 5-inch-long lag screws


  • Four 1x2s, 12 feet long, for stringers (I)
  • Two 1x2s, 14 feet long, for lattice slats (J)
  • 1-1/4-inch-long deck screws
  • 6d galvanized finishing nails


  • One 1x3, 8 feet long, for gate rails (K)
  • One 1x3, 11 feet long, for gate stiles (L)
  • Four 1x2s, 10 feet long, for pickets (M)
  • 3-1/2-inch-long deck screws or 16d finishing nails
  • Exterior-grade wood glue
  • 1-1/4-inch-long deck screws
  • 3x3-inch butt hinges with screws

Continued on page 2:  How-To