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This pretty wooden Garden Arbor is portable so you can take it just about anywhere you want to.

The simple fan design gives the Wedding DIYer a dream-scheme of unlimited, imaginative possibilities.

As pictured, the Arbor is draped and woven with fir boughs and wildflowers for a Woodland Garden Wedding.  For a Beach Wedding,  try adding palm fronds and sea shell-laced netting.  Brocade curtain panels combined with sheer fabric swags will give a formal flair to your Wedding "afffair" ;-). 

The height at the peak of the roof is 7'2".  It can be adjusted down (flat-roofed) to 6'6", so you can bring it indoors if rain decides to spoil your outdoor wedding.

After the celebration, take your Arbor home! With just a few extra support beams and a foundation, the arbor can become a beautiful, permanent addition to your yardscape.  

For compact storage: unbolt the roof arches from the sides of the arbor and fold them together. Then unscrew the side supports and fold the sides up. Hint: Number the roof arches for future reference so this Arbor can be quickly re-erected for the next family wedding!
 
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Step 1: Arbor Materials and Tools:

Picture of Arbor Materials and Tools:
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The Arbor Material list:
  • 20 pieces of 2" x 2" x 8' lumber. (2 x 2 lumber really only measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". I don't know why.)
  • 2 -  9" x 3/8" round head Stove Bolts with flat washers and nuts
  • 15 -  3 1/2" x 1/4" round head Stove Bolts with flat washers and nuts
  • 1 piece  flat Molding measuring 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 10'- cut into 4 pieces. 2 @ 32" each and 2 @ 18" each.  
  • 12 -  1" sheetrock screws
  • 1-2 Quarts of Exterior Paint- your color choice- and a paint brush.
The Tool list:
  • An Electric Drill
  • 1- Phillips Bit
  • 1- 5/16 and 7/16 Drill bit
  • Skil Saw or hand saw
  • Electric sander or  80-100 grit Sandpaper (I used an Orbital Sander with 80 grit)
  • Phillips 
  • 1/2" Wrench- open end, box end or socket (I used a socket)
  • 7/16" Wrench- (same as above)
  • Tape Measure and a pencil
  • Carpenter's Square
The Base Material List:
  • 4 Large Metal Shelf Brackets that measure 2" at the elbow and arms that measure approx. 11" and 13", respectively.
  • 12 1" sheet rock screws
All of the lumber I used for this project was leftover and repurposed from another construction project.(my house). I was working with 2 x 6 boards that needed to be cut down to size, as the pictures show.

You'll probably be buying the 2 x 2 lumber from your local buildering center. These boards are NOT expensive. Take the time to inspect the boards and select lumber that is straight and check/defect/knot-free as possible for your Arbor. A smidge of warp is common. Wood is not iron. Be a little forgiving.

If you'll be storing this wood for any length of time, be sure it's laying down on a flat, dry surface.  Any other position invites warp. Not good.
sunshiine3 years ago
I woulds love to have this sitting in my back yard! How about loading it up and coming for a visit! I will make your favorite meal! Not nachos I promice.
cloudifornia (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
You are very kind.
I thought you'd appreciate that.
sunshiine3 years ago
Oh, so this is your real secret! LOL
cloudifornia (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Busted! ;-O)
I think so!