Build a Sapling Arbor
The arbor shown here is ambitious, but you can just build one of the sides (see step 4) for a great-looking trellis. Here's how to handle some of the trickier parts.
- Nail three saplings to a crosspiece, forming an arch, and nail the saplings to each other.
- Create the top fan by finding the middle of the crosspiece, then gently bowing the middle two pieces and nailing them in place. Continue installing them in pairs. Check the spacing as you go, and then trim the ends.
- Secure the two arches with a bottom crossbar, a doubled-up ridge and intermediate purlins. Nail roof arches to inside of crossbar, outside of intermediate purlins and one side of ridge.
- Create the upright side pieces by nailing a group of saplings to the center crossbar, then gently bending, evenly spacing, and nailing the ends in place. Position thicker ends near the bottom.
- Screw the side pieces to the arched top
with 3-1/2-inch galvanized drywall screws. Install
8-inch-long corner braces between the sides and top to add rigidity.
- Mark the leg locations with spray paint, then dig holes and install 18-inch lengths of perforated drain tile. Place a little gravel in each, set the arbor in position, level it, then fill with more gravel.