This arbor presents a few challenges — But don’t let that scare you. It’s designed to be built and assembled in manageable sections.
What’s different about building an outdoor project? The kind of wood, hardware, glue, and finish all need to be able to survive the elements. But none of these differences really affect the woodworking part of the project — how the pieces are cut and put together. This outdoor project is different for another reason — its size. Standing almost 8' tall, this garden arbor is one of the biggest woodworking project we've ever tackled. Even though there was plenty of woodworking involved in building the arbor, it also challenged us to get out of our usual woodworking “routine.” After all, when building a project of this scale, you just can’t always approach things the same way. This plan will take you step-by-step through the project to insure your success.
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- Metric (unavailable)
What You Get:
- 13 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 50 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- A bonus article on easy outdoor finishes
- Cutting diagram, materials list and retail sources for hardware
- Shop-tested guarantee from the editors of Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines
Note: After your purchase, you will receive an email containing a PDF attachment of your purchased plan, as well as instructions for logging in to download the plan and access any other associated files and videos, which will all be located on this page.
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.