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Pergola & Swing

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 02-28-2009 05:44 PM 9794 views 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this pergola using solid cedar timbers. Cutting the curves was an incredible challenge because I do not own a timber saw. So, I rigged up an old bandsaw on rollers which I then passed through the stationary timbers. The faux pegs are walnut (the picture is actually of pegs on my house, but it is the same look as what I did on the pergola). One really neat feature is the mulch under the swing is not ordinary mulch… it is rubber mulch that is all glued together with a binding agent, so it is more like a rubber floor.

The swing is also my own design, although I drew inspiration (“creative plagiarism!”) from a lot similar ones out there. The best thing about the swing is that is is made entirely from oak that comes from a tree that was felled from my property. In fact, when you are sitting in the swing you can see the remaining stump from the tree from which it came. It is full of really cool worm holes (the reason the tree was felled). The hanger is also made so that it can be switched to face either direction.





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#1 posted 02-28-2009 05:48 PM

Nice pergola and swing.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 05:58 PM

This is a nice project. I have been “assigned” one of these as well. My wife seems to think that it is her mission in life to keep me busy. Another great use of the “homegrown” oak as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 06:14 PM

Great job. It goes well with the house timbers in picture #4.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 05:22 PM

That’s a nice looking pergola and swing. I want the 4 car garage in the background myself! ;)

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 07:42 PM

Looks good, I built a arbor with a curve a couple years ago. That type of stuff is fun to do. I like to lock in the top horizontals with a dado cut, maybe about an inch deep, 1/2” deep on each intersecting board, just to lock it in. No big deal, yours still looks good and is nicely proportioned.

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