Step-by-step: How to build an arbor with a bench

Detailed instructions for a classic combination

Arbor Bench Diagram

What you'll need

 

  • Four 10' 4 x 4 posts
  • Two 8' 2 x 6 beams
  • One 12' 2 x 6 for three cross braces
  • One 8' 2 x 6 for two seat supports and three back supports
  • Two 8' 2 x 4s for four bench legs, back rail, and lattice support
  • One 12' 2 x 8 for three seat planks
  • One 8' 1 x 4 for two backrests
  • One 4' 1 x 6 for two armrests
  • Twelve 6' 2 x 2s for four verticals and eight slats
  • One 4' x 4' lattice sheet, cut to 3' x 4'
  • Four decorative corner braces
  • 1⁄4" galvanized carriage bolts with nuts and washers: four at 31⁄2", eight at 5", four at 6"
  • Twelve 1⁄4" x 4" galvanized lag screws with washers
  • 11⁄4" and 3" decking or stainless-steel screws
  • Exterior stain and sealer or primer and paint
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