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After cutting the end profiles of the crossbeams and notching them to a depth of 3/4 in. as shown in the drawing, attach them to the brackets using 2-in. stainless steel screws.

Then use 2-in. outdoor-rated finish nails to fasten the 1x2 strips in place atop the crossbeams.

Once you have moved the two halves of the arbor to the installation site, clamp them together and use 2-1/2-in. tan deck screws to fasten them — remember to countersink the heads for the best appearance.