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A small project that makes a big impression in your backyard

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Introduction

This classic garden arch has just six parts and can be built in less than a day. Create a gateway, frame a walkway in a hedge, or make it part of a trellis or pergola.

Tools Required

  1. Circular saw
  2. Combination square
  3. Cordless drill
  4. Framing square
  5. Handsaw
  6. Jigsaw
  7. Level
  8. Orbital sander
  9. Posthole digger
  10. Safety glasses
  11. Spade
  12. Speed square
  13. Tape measure
  14. Wheelbarrow

Materials Required

  1. 2x 8 x 8' (2 for headers)
  2. 2x10 x 8' (brackets)
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