How to Build a Lattice Archway

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Create an inviting entrance to your home, patio or garden with a lattice archway. Archways help define your space and also provide an ideal surface to grow vertical-climbing plants. There are many styles of archways that you can purchase at stores, but you could also make your own as a do-it-yourself project. Select a rot-resistant wood such as cedar so that it can be left unfinished for a natural appearance. The archway has an inside opening of 36 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 78 inches high. You can modify the dimensions to fit your space.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Post hole digger
  • Gravel
  • 4-by-4-inch posts, 96 inches long
  • 4 boards, 2-by-4-inch, 24 inches long
  • Box, coated deck screws
  • Screw gun
  • 2 lattice panels, 24-by-48-inch
  • 2 boards, 2-by-12-inch, 36 inches long
  • Flexible curve ruler
  • Band saw
  • Lattice panel, 24-by-36-inch
  • Measure a 36-inch span on the ground in the selected space for the lattice archway using a tape measure. This is for the opening. Mark the ends of the measurement in the soil with your foot. Measure 24 inches back from the two end markings and mark those measurements with your foot to form a 24-by-36-inch rectangle with the corners marked.

  • Dig a 24-inch-deep hole at each of the four corner markings using a post hole digger. Fill the bottom 6 inches of the holes with gravel.

  • Place one end of each post into a hole. Hold the posts upright and centered in the holes and fill them back up with the dirt you removed in step 2. Pack the dirt around each post with your feet.

  • Position one 2-by-4-by-24-inch board across the top ends of the posts on either side. Lay the 4-by-24-inch side flat on the sides of the posts. The top edge of the boards should be flush with the top ends of the posts. Drive three evenly spaced coated deck screws through the boards into the posts at each joint using a screw gun. These are the top cross supports for the archway.

  • Measure 48 inches down from the top end of the posts on the 24-inch-wide sides of the archway and place one 2-by-4-by-24-inch board against the posts with the 4-by-24-inch sides flat against the sides of the post. Drive three evenly spaced coated deck screws through the board into the posts at each joint. These are the bottom cross supports for the archway.

  • Align one 24-by-48-inch lattice panel vertically on either side of the archway. The top end of the panel should be flush with the top edge of the top cross supports and the bottom end should be flush with the bottom edge of the bottom cross supports. Drive deck screws through the lattice panel into the cross supports at each lattice intersection along the supports with a screw gun.

  • Place the two 2-by-12-by-36-inch boards with the 12-by-36-inch sides flat on a work surface. Form the flexible curve ruler along the top 36-inch edge of each board to create a graceful downward curve that ends 2 inches above the bottom edge of each end of the boards. Transfer the curve to the boards by tracing along the ruler edge with a pencil.

  • Cut out the curved edge on each board using a band saw. Guide the board through the saw just fast enough for the blade to cut the wood.

  • Position the curved boards on the front and back 36-inch-wide sides of the posts so that they overlap the ends of the posts by 2 inches where the curve ends. Drive three evenly spaced coated deck screws through each curved board into the posts at each joint using a screw gun.

  • Center the 24-by-36-inch lattice panel over the top of the curved edges of the curved boards. Drive coated deck screws along each 36-inch edge at each lattice intersection into the curved edge of the curved boards to complete the lattice archway using a screw gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plant a climbing plant on either side of the archway to add lush foliage to it.
  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools to help prevent eye injury.

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