Step 1: Make the Arches

highlight of how-to build the arches for an arched garden arbor
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut, glue, and screw two staggered layers of 1x6s, with the ends cut at 22½ degrees and the longer sides measuring 21 inches, into the shape of an arch. Trace a half-circle curve onto the wood. Use a jigsaw to cut through both layers. Make the second arch the same way, using the first arch to trace the curve.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps

    Shopping List

    1. 1x6 cedar Get five 8-foot boards

    2. 2x4 cedar Get six 8-foot boards

    3. 2x2 cedar Get two 8-foot boards

    4. 1x1 cedar Get seven 8-foot lengths

    5. Cedar lattice Get one 4x8 sheet

    6. 1x4 cedar trim Get one 8-foot board7. -inch cedar hole plugs

    8. 1 ¼-inch trim head screws

    9. 2 ½-inch trim-head screws

    10. 3-inch trim-head screws

    11. Exterior wood glue

    12. Ground screws for 4x4 posts