DIY Grape Arbor

Grape arbors provide both aesthetic appeal and a sturdy structure for grapevines. When building an arbor, you should use only rot-resistant woods or rot-treated woods in order to ensure that your arbor has a long life. If you prefer a painted arbor that will match your home's paint color, you can substitute exterior paint for the stain and apply it after the grape arbor's wood has been sealed.

Building the Side Supports

Grapevines will grow up an arbor for a visually appealing addition to your garden.

Set the four 10-foot 4-inch by 4-inch posts parallel to one another. Each side will use two of the beams.

Set the four 48-inch 2-inch by 6-inch beams perpendicular to the posts. The bottom piece should be 3-1/2 feet from the bottom. Place the top beam level with the top of the posts. Screw the beams into position with 3-inch decking screws and a power screwdriver.

Space four of the 6-foot vertical cross-beams between both sides of the end pieces. Secure them onto the inside of the upper and lower cross-braces with 1-1/4-inch screws.

Building the Top

Secure the 8-foot cross-beams to the outside of the posts with the 3-inch decking screws, spacing them with 1 foot at each end.

Space the rest of the 6-foot vertical cross-beams between the ends of the top cross-beams and secure them with the 1-1/4-inch screws.

Place the corner braces onto the four upper corners.

Finishing and Installing

Paint the entire arbor with your desired stain. Leave the stain on for 15 minutes and then buff it off with a clean rag. Leave it to dry for the manufacturer's instructed time.

Apply wood sealant and leave it to dry for the manufacturer's recommended time.

Dig the posts 3 feet deep with a post digger and place the posts into the ground.

Check to make sure the arbor is level on both the top and sides and adjust the holes accordingly.

Backfill the holes to secure the arbor in place.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 10-foot 4-inch by 4-inch posts
  • 4 48-inch 2-inch by 6-inch beams
  • 11⁄4-inch and 3-inch decking or stainless-steel screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • 2 8-foot 2-inch by 6-inch beams
  • 1 12-foot 2-inch by 6-inch beam (for the three cross-braces)
  • 15 6-foot 2-inch by 2-inch boards (for the four verticals and eight slats)
  • 1 4-foot by 4-foot lattice sheet, cut to 3 feet by 4 feet
  • 4 decorative corner braces
  • 12 1⁄4-inch by 4-inch galvanized lag screws with washers
  • Exterior stain and sealer or primer and paint
  • Paint sponges
  • Clean rags
  • Pole digger

About the Author

Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer and efficiency analyst. He has more than five years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. Along with his technology background, White enjoys carpentry and plumbing.

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