X Arbor with Bench

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 I am stoked to share my X Arbor with Bench today!!

Build a beautiful X Arbor with Bench for your back yard or garden, MyLove2Create



It just makes me smile!  I have always loved arbors so it kind of makes me giddy that I finally built one!
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
And I also love X patterns, you know my floating night stands and rustic industrial kid chairs, so naturally I had to use it in my plan. :)  I am so happy I did!

I am so thrilled to team up with Build Something to bring you the plans, they have an awesome site for free building plans and you can even upload your own.  It is such great community!
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I started by cutting all my wood, drilling pocket holes and using my jigsaw for the rafter boards.  I love seeing the wood all stacked ready for building.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I stared by building sides.  I marked where the rails needed to be and then attached them to the legs.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I cut the angles on my x pieces and then drilled a pocket hole in each end for attaching it to the side.  I love my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig (affiliate link) and how you can drill pocket holes at such steep angles.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
Here are my x pieces ready to be put into the sides.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
First I attached the long x pieces with glue and 2 1/2'' screws.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
Once I added the long x pieces I could add the short x pieces.  I started with the bottom ones...
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
And then added the top!
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
Looking good!  I did this for both sides.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
Once I had the sides ready to go I attached them together with the top support boards and the seat aprons.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I added the seat supports and gave them a little love tap with my mallet to get them in. :)  Then I drilled in the pocket hole screws.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I added the seat backs with my pocket hole screws and made sure they were level.  I actually decided to add these at the last minute, so they may not be the most comfortable because they are straight, but I am glad I added them anyway!
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I used my clamps to help hold up my lower rafter (top left) and then used some 2'' nails to hold it in place.  That way when I added my screws it was nice and secure.  For the top rafters I marked 3'' from each and marked on the lower rafter where they needed to be placed.  Then I clamped them and screwed them on.
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I used my Home Right paint sprayer to give it a couple coats of paint.  I originally planned to stain it, but when the stain I used looked WAY too orange, I decided that white was defiantly the better option. :)
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
It looks so cute and I can't wait to put some plants on both sides!  My kids have really been enjoying it too...
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
I mean how cute is this?!  My three youngest, love them!
X Arbor with Bench, MyLove2Create
So are you ready to build your own?  Head on over to Build Something for the free plans!

And if you build it, please tag me with #mylove2create on social media so I can feature you, I love to see your builds!

Thanks for reading!

Hugs,
Mindi

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10 comments

  1. That is wonderful, Mindy. It looks so good in white and with your adorable children on it!

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  2. Mindi, first I have to give you a thumbs up for seeing you built it in your kitchen (nothing stops a dedicated DIYer). I love the design of this arbor bench and really love how it came alive painted white. What would we do without our Homeright paint sprayers for projects like this, eh. Pinning to share!
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

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  3. OMG you did build this in your kitchen! Thats awesome! I'm very not at this level of crafting but someday I will be and I will have to attempt one of these for my backyard!

    I would love it if you would share this on my weekly link party, Peace, Love, Link-up : )

    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-004/

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  4. Very impressive! Your bench is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it on Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide

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  5. Oh how I love your bench! I need to get me some powertools! You never cease to amaze Mindi! Thanks for sharing at Friday's Furniture Fix!

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  6. Wow! Great job! I was not expecting this post to include actual lumber--it looks far too polished for that. Way to go!

    Thanks for joining us on Idea Box Link Party! This post has made it into my features for the week. Hope you join us again this week!! Party is live tomorrow at 6am.

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  7. Pinning this one - great project with really good instructions! Thanks! It would be great if you would share it at the DIY party!
    http://www.pleasuresofthenw.com/diy-party-2/

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  8. That's amazing. I pinned it since I am also in love with arbors. Hopefully one day "soon" I will be able to build one myself!

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  9. Great looking post, love the detail and inspiring. I'm working on my own blog and its nice to see how others do their posts. :-)

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