How to Build an Arbor Bench - This Old House - Machine industry and woodworking


Learn how to craft a cozy seating spot for your yard. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Build an Arbor Bench:
All lumber listed is western red cedar.
- 2x4s. Get twelve 8-foot boards.
- 1x4s. Get at least four 8-foot boards.
- 1x2s. Get at least nine 8-foot boards.
- 2x6s. Get three 8-foot boards.
- 2x2s. Get two 8-foot boards or five 4-foot spindles for the purlins.
- 1/4-inch spacers, cut from scrap.
- Post anchors. Get four.
- Construction adhesive
- Stainless-steel trim-head screws. You need three sizes: 1 1/4 inch, 2 5/8 inch, and 3 inch.

Tools for How to Build an Arbor Bench:
- sledgehammer
- miter saw
- jigsaw
- drill/driver and 1-inch paddle bit
- caulk gun
- 4-foot level
- clamps
- combination square
- flexible curve to draw profile for rafter tails

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