Pergola #2: Pergola

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Blog entry by Doug Wilson posted 04-21-2009 06:55 PM 1860 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The hard stuff is done Part 2 of Pergola series Part 3: Finished first coat of stain »

I finalized the design, and am getting ready to build. Here is what I have so far. I will be sure to take some photos during the journey and update this posting later in the summer.

Materials List ○ 8 4×4 PT posts 10 ft long ○ 100 linear ft of 2×2 lumber ○ 16 2×8 PT beams § 8 at 16 ft long § 8 at 14 ft long ○ 32 bolts at 7 inches long (3/8 carriage) ○ 32 nuts for the bolts ○ 8 Post brackets and wedge bolts ○ 8 copper tops for 4×4 posts ○ Box of square head deck screws

  • Equipment List* ○ Router ○ Drill ○ Jig saw ○ Miter saw ○ Concrete drill

Total Purchase Price $620

Pergola Sketchup Design

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 09:13 PM

HI doug have fun is this going on a patio or are you diging post holes how are things up by the queen city i lived in delhi and lower price hill for about 18 yrs brian gagewestern

-- gagewestern

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 09:24 PM

Cool. And it’s fun to build. Here’s a picture of a purgola I built for someone last summer. Here in Maine you never see these. I had to look it up on the net after the owner requested it. After looking at a lot of them online I just designed my own. The rafters are fir with some pressure treated lumber and are joined instead of sitting on top of each other like you see in most pictures, and the top has a covering of smoked polycarbonate from Home Depot. It’s fairly cool in the sun and keeps out the weather so it makes it more usable. You don’t see many covered ones. I also had to build it stronger as I put a roof on it and we can get a lot of snow here. Oh yes, it’s also wired with a couple of plugs and an extension cord that plugs into an outside socket on the house. And as of last week I installed a ceiling fan.

Have fun. It’s a pleasant 4-5 day build in nice weather.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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