164 Garden Arbor: A place to cling on to
The garden arbor was on my honey-do list for this year. Our existing arbor was about 20 years old and weathered (rotten) so badly it wasn’t worth repairing or attempting to refinish again.
I constructed this decorative backyard element using the new style brown pressure treated lumber. It’s a great inexpensive alternative to cedar. For this project I purchased two sheets of plastic lattice for side panels. In the past I have found the wooden lattice falls apart in a very short period of time.
I actually made this in the shop, rather than building it in place. It’s nice to work where the tools are and the environment is controlled. It is sort of modular in that the sides are separate and then can be joined back together when in place. The top brace and the curved roof members have lap joints so it’s easy to re-assemble when it is in position.
The other advantage was I could have my landing area level and prepared prior to bringing out the arbor. The complete arbor took about three days to construct at a cost of approximately $150.00.
This is a fun project that shouldn’t take much more than a long weekend to build. It also provides me with a place to hang bird houses and my bee incubators (Two Free Plans) on the website. The best part is my wife is happy with the end result and her climbing plants will have a place to cling on to.