Ah well. I've started planting the lawn today. Drought-resistant grass for the edges and for beneath the tree.
Grumble over, we'll start with the most important piece of a corner arbour: the cornerpiece. The arbour gets much of its balance from the cornerpiece and this particular upright bears more weight than any other single upright in the structure. For this reason, I've made the cornerpiece twice as thick and sturdy as any other upright.
Bill here reckons my carpentry's pretty tasty, look:
The wood is 2"x4" sawn softwood from Wickes. £5 for 2.4m. It's been sawn in a mitre to lengths of 1.8m and 0.6m respectively and stained. A mitre box is cheap as chips and you really do need one for a job like this. The triangular section was some £4-odd for 2.4m and I've done the same again. The whole thing is screwed together with 3" timber screws and stained again.
Next week I'm fitting the sides in place.
In other news; George is interested in grass seeding and is happy to trot along after the box. Bill, however, does not like the noise one bit!
Until next time xx