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Self Standing Arch



Looking to make a big impact this self standing wood arch makes the perfect surround for a wedding ceremony or to highlight the cake table. What about a special event backdrop? Three posts with concrete bases make this self standing arch a simple build that is portable, easy to assemble and personalize to fit your event.

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    1. Step: 1

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      Supplies & Cut List: • 2 – 4x4x8 posts • 1 – 4x4x10 post • 1 – 1x10x6 board • 1 – 2x10x8 board • 1 – 1x2x6 board • 1 – 1x4x6 board • Wood glue • 1 ¼” finish nails • 2 ½” wood screws • 2” wood screws • 2 – 4x4 post bases • Quik set concrete • 6 – 1/2” x 6” lag screws Cut List: • 8 – 1x10 @ 7” both ends 45 miter not parallel (base sides) • 2 – 5 ½” x 5 ½” (base bottom) • 2 – 2x10 @ 9 ½” (base) • 8 – 1x2 @ 7” both ends 45 miter not parallel (trim) • 2 – 4x4 @ 80” (posts) • 8 – 1x4 @ 5 ½” both ends 45 miter not parallel (collar) • 1 – 4x4 @ 96” (top) • 2 – 4x4 @ 18 3/8” both ends 45 miter not parallel (corner supports)

    2. Step: 2

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      Attach the base sides to the base bottom using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

    3. Step: 3

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      Complete the base by attaching the other two sides to the each other and the base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

    4. Step: 4

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      Attach the base box to the base using wood glue and 2 ½” countersunk wood screws from underneath.

    5. Step: 5

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      Place a plastic bag into the base and then fill almost to the top with quik setting concrete. Insert the post base into the concrete keeping the hardware centered. Let dry.

    6. Step: 6

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      Attach top trim to the base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

    7. Step: 7

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      Attach post to the hardware post base using 2” wood screws.

    8. Step: 8

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      Construct the post collar separately using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails then slide down over the hardware. There will be a ¼” gap between the collar and the post, the collar is acting as a cover for the post base hardware.

    9. Step: 9

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      Predrill holes for the lag screws and predrill countersink area for lag head. Place top beam in position and secure using lag screws.

    10. Step: 10

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      Predrill holes for lag screws. Place corner supports in position and attach using lag screws (add a quick finish nail to hold while tightening screws).

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Self Standing Arch

by jaimecostiglio
Apr 06, 2018
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Looking to make a big impact this self standing wood arch makes the perfect surround for a wedding ceremony or to highlight the cake table. What about a special event backdrop? Three posts with concrete bases make this self standing arch a simple build that is portable, easy to assemble and personalize to fit your event.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 91c08a63 dec6 49d0 bbce df3658eb8403

    Supplies & Cut List: • 2 – 4x4x8 posts • 1 – 4x4x10 post • 1 – 1x10x6 board • 1 – 2x10x8 board • 1 – 1x2x6 board • 1 – 1x4x6 board • Wood glue • 1 ¼” finish nails • 2 ½” wood screws • 2” wood screws • 2 – 4x4 post bases • Quik set concrete • 6 – 1/2” x 6” lag screws Cut List: • 8 – 1x10 @ 7” both ends 45 miter not parallel (base sides) • 2 – 5 ½” x 5 ½” (base bottom) • 2 – 2x10 @ 9 ½” (base) • 8 – 1x2 @ 7” both ends 45 miter not parallel (trim) • 2 – 4x4 @ 80” (posts) • 8 – 1x4 @ 5 ½” both ends 45 miter not parallel (collar) • 1 – 4x4 @ 96” (top) • 2 – 4x4 @ 18 3/8” both ends 45 miter not parallel (corner supports)

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 16e8356e 2ee1 4fb5 96a3 fe9ac72464de

    Attach the base sides to the base bottom using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge d4b1126d 35a1 465d 8b42 db61ce540903

    Complete the base by attaching the other two sides to the each other and the base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge f5d4a756 e11f 4b86 a8e3 d215ca28a1b4

    Attach the base box to the base using wood glue and 2 ½” countersunk wood screws from underneath.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 67eb7b53 1381 4927 a406 d4c8b863c157

    Place a plastic bag into the base and then fill almost to the top with quik setting concrete. Insert the post base into the concrete keeping the hardware centered. Let dry.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 10746ebc 8819 4980 bc86 91822c23f375

    Attach top trim to the base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge a426229e 34b0 4860 8bf0 d1b4322c3e58

    Attach post to the hardware post base using 2” wood screws.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge f5936773 8b45 4f36 bbec 1e43acc7a75c

    Construct the post collar separately using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails then slide down over the hardware. There will be a ¼” gap between the collar and the post, the collar is acting as a cover for the post base hardware.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 78dbed5a 1590 4615 a504 dea04c4c1c1c

    Predrill holes for the lag screws and predrill countersink area for lag head. Place top beam in position and secure using lag screws.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge f55f028b 4a56 41f8 ae4c 090ceef6bc1e

    Predrill holes for lag screws. Place corner supports in position and attach using lag screws (add a quick finish nail to hold while tightening screws).