So, the fence is almost done - enough so the dog doesn't escape and nobody gets hurt running through the bushes. The highlight of the project is the cedar arbor - something Dawn always wanted and I always wanted to build. I could have purchased one for what I paid in lumber but, as the guy at the lumber yard said, "What fun would that be?"
To start, I placed two (2) of the ten foot posts on either side of the gate - 3' buried, 7' above grade. For good drainage, the posts should be placed on top of 6" of gravel or small stones.
I built the sides of the arbor to match the fence tops.
These are about 2' x 4'.
lattice section was secure to the gate post. Then, I attached and buried the outer posts.
After all four posts are set with the lattice sides attached, I nailed the two cross members to the posts. The bottom clearance is 6'-8", same as a common doorway.
To finish, I notched the five top pieces and set them on top of the two cross members - just because I think that looks better than sitting the 2 x 6's on top.
The guy at the lumber yard was right - buying the finished arbor would have been no fun at all!
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(If you click on the photos, some of them will actually enlarge. I just need to figure out how to make them all do that!)
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