Side Assemblies

To build the arbor, I started with the side assemblies, see drawing at right. This includes both the posts, as well as the lattice screens that connect the posts at the sides of the arbor.

POSTS. I began with the posts (A), see drawing. These are designed to be cutfrom 8'-long 4x4s (3y2" x 3V2"). But it's more important that the posts are straight. So if you have a hard time finding straight 4x4s at the lumber yard, you can glue up the posts in three pieces, see page 19.

Note: If you glue up the posts, be sure to use a "weatherproof'glue. For this project, I used polyurethane glue. For more on this, see page 34.

The first thing to do is to cut the posts to final length (86%"), see drawing. My first instinct was to use the table saw. But then I realized that these pieces were too long. So I cut them to length with a hand saw.

With the posts cut to length, the next step is to cut the tenon on the top end of each, see drawing and detail 'a' at right. These tenons will fit into the beam assemblies later. And since the mortises in the beams will equal the thickness of "two-by" material, I cut these tenons IV2" thick.

Again, the posts are too long to be able to cut their tenons on the table saw. So again, I used a hand saw. For more on cutting tenons with a hand saw or circular saw, see page 19.

All that's left to complete the posts is to rout a stopped chamfer on each edge, see drawing.

LATTICE SCREENS. The next step is to make the lattice screens that join the posts, see drawing above. These

screens are built in two steps. First, I made the dividers inside. Then I added the frame that surrounds them, see Figs. 1 and 2.

SCREEN DIVIDERS. To make the screens, I started with the vertical (B) and horizontal dividers (C), see

Fig. 1. And to join these dividers, I used simple half laps.

You might think that cutting all those half laps (and getting them to line up) would be a hassle. But not really. The secret is to lay out and cut a series of notches in 2x8 blanks and

Half Lap Lattice



NOTE: Posts can be cut from solid 4x4 stock or glued from three pieces, see page 19

Center tenon on post

Stopped Chamfer

stopped chamfer



NOTE: Posts can be cut from solid 4x4 stock or glued from three pieces, see page 19

stopped chamfer

Center tenon on post

Lattice Woodwork

Lattice screen

#8x V/2" Fh woodscrew

NOTE: All screws used in this fl project are exterior grade NOTE: Lattice screen joined with half laps, see box on page 9

then rip the strips from the blanks, see the box below. This way, all the half laps line up perfectly.

After the notches were cut on the blanks for these pieces, I ripped them 3/i" wide (thick). Then I assembled (he dividers, putting a tiny spot of glue on each half lap to hold the pieces together. (I used the polyurethane glue here, too.)

SCREEN SIDES & ENDS. With the dividers assembled, the sides (D) and ends (E) of the screen can be added as a frame around the dividers, see Fig. 2. These frame pieces are notched just like the dividers, but these aren't true half laps — the notches simply fit over the dividers.

I built the sides first, starting with an oversize blank. But this time, I laid out the pieces by setting them against the divider assembly and marking them from the horizontal pieces. Then after the notches are cut, rip them to width so they match the thickness of the divider pieces (1V2").

The screen ends are a little different from the other screen pieces. In addition to the -W'-wide notches that hold the vertical dividers, the ends also have lVV'-wide rabbets to hold the screen sides, see Figs. 2a and 2c.

Now before screwing the frames to the dividers, drill a series of countersunk shank holes in the sides (D), see Figs. 2b and c. These allow you to attach the completed lattice screens to the posts, see Fig. 3. Caere's not enough room to do this after you've assembled the screens.)

When there's no room for a screwdriver, 1 use a ratchet and a lU" socket with a Phillips head driver bit.

ASSEMBLY. Now the sides and ends can be screwed to the dividers, see Fig. 2c. Then the completed screens can be screwed to the posts, see Fig. 3. To do this, I set the screens on spac ers to center them on the posts. The only problem is there's not enough room for a screwdriver. So I used a ratchet and a W socket with a Phillips head driver bit, see margin photo.

When there's no room for a screwdriver, 1 use a ratchet and a lU" socket with a Phillips head driver bit.

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