Step 2: The Plan

The new arbor had to be strong enough to support the four Lady Banks, but easy enough to be built in two days by various levels of carpentry skills.

The overall footprint of the 8 4x4 posts was 16'-6" x 23'-0".  The 16'-6" dimension was a pain since most lumber yards max out at 16' for dimensional lumber.  I was finally able to track down some 2x12x20' pine.  This meant I could have three double-beams going in the 16'-6" direction and run 2x6x12' joists in the other direction.  This seemed to be not only an easy plan, but also good looking.
Love this one! I just used it to do one in my yard. Little changes since i could not get some of the required wood. Thanks for the writeup!! Here are some of my pics. <br>http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FL0/4XTD/HGU2PHHQ/FL04XTDHGU2PHHQ.THUMB.jpg <br>http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FXZ/K31Y/HGU284P6/FXZK31YHGU284P6.THUMB.jpg <br>http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FUZ/T095/HGU2PHHT/FUZT095HGU2PHHT.THUMB.jpg
Very nice! Clean and simple! I love it! One question - are the base posts you started with concreted into the ground? I hope your father is doing better!!!<br><br>Matt
very beauty desgin..<br>it looks great!<br><br>i need do the same in my yarn...<br><br>greets
thank you
I love the photo of your dad watching from the window, hilarious! Great job, the arbor looks fantastic.
Supervising can be very exhausting!
&quot;tighten with... open end wench&quot; made me lol. Sorry, not making fun of spelling errors, but this was as good one.<br><br>Great job on both the arbor and the instructable.
Hahaha...I missed that one. That gave me a good chuckle. I'm not sure if I'm going to correct it now or not.<br><br>Thanks for the comment.
Excellent work, a true craftsman's job. I'm sure your dad is proud of all of you and will cherish the arbor for years to come.
Nice story, good job, great results
Thanks. We definitely had fun building it.
Your Dad's a lucky man to have such a thoughtful son. A great instructable and a heartwarming story too :) <br>I would love to see a picture of the roses when they were blooming over the old arbor.
Thank you so much. The old arbor collapsing couldn't have happened at a better time, two weeks before Thanksgiving when everyone in the family would be there. It was enough time to plan for it and it was a fun project for everyone to help out on. If it collapsed after Thanksgiving, I don't know when we could have gotten together to rebuild it.<br><br>It's hard to believe, but my Dad promises that it will be covered with Lady Banks this spring and in it's full glory the following spring. I will definitely post an update photo in the spring.
<br> Good work.<br> <br> L<br>

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