Just like inside your house, everything out in the garden doesn’t have to be a functional thing. It can be just to make the place look great. I’m gonna show you how to make a great garden arbor, that’s gonna fill this space, create a focal point. It will be a thing of beauty. These are the tools and materials you’ll need to build the garden arbor. Most of the timber for this project can be precut for you at Bunnings. We’re gonna start by assembling the frames for the two sides. To start building your frame, get your uprights, set them parallel to each other, and the top piece in between. This one down here we have to position later when we put the lattice in place, to get the correct positioning for that, but if we put that in there, that will help keep our two long pieces parallel. Once you’ve got that set out, just screw it all together. When we cut our trailers, we need to make sure that we end up with a solid border.So what we’re gonna do is to put the trailers in place, we’re gonna remove this waste piece here by cutting along that line. Drop the lattice in place, and that will give us the correct position for that bottom plate. To hold that lattice in place, we kinda create a around the inside of our frame on both sides to hold it together. Here we have the two completed sides of our arbor. You can get a picture in your mind of how it’s going to look when it’s finished. We’re gonna leave this now. We’re gonna move on and construct the top. Here we have the completed top frame of the arbor. It will hold the two side panels together. We finished our top frame, but we wanna add some decorative beams to the top of it. This will dress it up a little bit, but it will also add some stability to it.I’m gonna check out these beams, so that they sit over the framework. I’m also gonna add some decorative angles to the ends of each piece. I’ve got five of them to do. Cutting 45 degree is easy. We just set the drop saw to 45 degrees and lock that off. When we come to do our check outs, we set the drop saw to the depth we wanna cut, we do cut on each side, then multiple cuts in between, then we just use a hammer and a chisel to knock the pieces out. Another four of this and my framework’s ready to fit off. These are the fascias for our arbor. There’s one of this front and back. We’re just gonna cut a 45 on each end of those as well, just for appearance.The decorative pieces of the top our arbor have
been cut and shaped. Now I’m gonna lay it all out so that you can get an idea of what it’s gonna look like sitting on top of the arbor. Cutting these decorative pieces on the ends of these timbers doesn’t really serve any practical purpose other than giving it some character just to dress it up a little. Now that we’ve got it all laid out, we’re gonna secure the fascia to the frame using screws, and we’re going to fix these top pieces on with a fixing gun. Now that the arbor’s complete, measure out and mark where you need to dig holes to secure it. We’re gonna use star pickets to hold these stands, so we have the option of being able to move it around. But if you want to, you can fix it permanently with concrete.It’s a good idea to check, and make sure there are no services in the area where you’re gonna be digging these holes to make sure it’s safe, almost perfect. Now that we’ve got our garden arbor in place, it’s just a matter of driving in our picket, and fixing it off. Now that your arbor is held in place, a good idea is to secure it with a bit of quick-set concrete. Mix up your concrete to fill your holes, one bag for each hole should be enough, then fill in the holes. This baby is not going anywhere. So there it is. The arbor’s complete. You could dress this up with a few plants if you want. When your friends come around, it will be the focal point of the garden. The best thing of that…it is you did it yourself. .