Brenda Groth wrote:
i have built tons of arobors all over my property..the absolutely easiest is to get yourself 4 good solid 8' posts..and 4 cross pieces..and buy 4 good 10 " carriage bolts, 4 washers and 4 nuts that fit them ..cheapo..
you'll need a good drill bit that fits your carriage bolts..3/8 or 1/2"..and you'll likely need a post hole digger..
dig your holes for your posts at least 18" ..you can use concrete under them if you want but it isnt' necessary for an arbor..a post leveler is a great tool and cheap..otherwise use any level to level your posts and put them on the 4 corners..lay a board across the top starting with the second one to try to get the tops level..adding or removing soil when you set the posts..tamp the soil around them really well..
I like to drill a hole through the top center of each post side to center..and through the cross pieces and then put a carriage bolt through both..wiith the washer and the nut..use a cut off saw ifyou want to cut the carriage bolts if they are too long and stick out too far.
then you can use whatever you want on the sides for your vines to climb on..wire, wooden lattice, sticks nailed on with roofing nails..scrap lumber..whatever..also depens on what will grow up them..twiners need thinner things to grab to..those with wooden sucker feet ..like ivy..need wooden supports to grab onto..etc.
if you want something that will only cost you $20 you can always buy a cattle panel..they run about 16' and you can arch them over the area as a nice arch and then stake down the ends on each side..may take two people to bendh the arch..and you can use metal or wooden (treated or good rot resistant) to stake down the ends..anything will grow over those....they are very sturdy..if you pt them over a path between two wooden beds you can just staple them to the beds..