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Making an arbor
with a peaked top
an arbor with a 45 degree pitched top
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How to build a peaked top arbor.
Page one: Introduction and Lumber requirements
bullet Page two: The plans
bullet Page three: Building instructions
bullet Page four: Building instructions continued
Related topics:
Arbors and Pergolas

Introduction and lumber requirements
This arbor is a solid construction with 100x100 (4x4) posts concreted into the ground, 100x50 (2x4) rafters, 50x50 (2x2) roof frame members and 50x50 (2x2) laths.
The overall height is approximately 2600mm (104") although that can be changed to suit, and the footprint is 1100mm (44") x 700mm (28").

roof pitch The pitch (angle, slope) of the rafters (off horizontal) is 45°.
That is: a rise of 1 in 1 (or 1/1), which means that the rafters rise 1 unit of measurement for every 1 unit of measurement along the horizontal plane (run).
In the United States the pitch is given in inches, with the run (horizontal plane) being 12 inches and the rise being a ratio of that. The slope of the rafters would be given as 12" of rise over 12" of run, which is still the same thing as a rise of 1 in 1 or 45°.

Note: This arbor has a relatively steep top. If you prefer an arbor that doesn't have such a steep top, there is a similar arbor plan with a 18.4° pitch which is a rise of 1 in 3. To see click here.

Lumber requirements
Use lumber suitable for exterior use. Either smooth (dressed, surfaced) or rough wood can be used according to your own personal preference.

You will need....
4 of: 100mm x 100mm (4"x4") posts 2400mm (8ft) long.
2 of: 100mm x 100mm (4"x4") beams 1000mm (40") long.
2 of: 100mm x 100mm (4"x4") blocks 500mm (20") long.
6 of: 100mm x 50m (2"x4") rafters 1100mm (44") long.
3 of: 50mm x 50mm (2"x2") horizontal roof members 1100mm (44") long.
6 of: 50mm x 50mm (2"x2") diagonal roof members 350mm (14") long.
3 of: 50mm x 50mm (2"x2") vertical roof members 500mm (20") long.
18 of: 50mm x 50mm (2"x2") laths 1000mm (40") long.
16.5m (55ft) of 25mm x 25mm (1"x1") square stop to hold the lattice panel in.
2 lattice panels approximately 1550mm x 500mm (62"x20").

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