Small Pergola – Pressure Treated Lumber with TWP Stain

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Project by grimejr posted 01-07-2010 03:11 AM 8537 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this side yard pergola and gate to keep the kids in and the dear out. The construction is simple and modest but I am very happy with the proportions. The main supports are 6×6’s and concreted in 4 feet down. I had to get a few friends to help me drag it out of the garage and plant it. Does anyone know of a good flowering vine to plant on it (we live in zone 8)? Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 03:40 AM

Wisteria maybe. I live in zone 9-10. Clematis, Dutchman’s Pipe, climbing rose [ouch]. Great looking structure.


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#2 posted 01-07-2010 04:45 AM

Good job

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 12:31 AM

good looking pergola


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#4 posted 01-08-2010 01:46 AM

The pergola looks nice. Just curious…how did you fasten the rafters? I don’t see any hardware or patched nail/screw holes.

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 07:16 PM

Fair question john_md…..

I drilled pocket holes in the support beams under the rafters on the inboard faces to hide them from view . This method also orients the pocket holes upside down so they do not fill will water.

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 01:47 PM

Grimejr, nice design.

From here:

or, from:

Vines for Zone 8
Perennial Vines
Akebia (Akebia quinata)
Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
Clematis (Clematis), selected varieties
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia durior)
Goldflame honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii x ‘Goldflame’)
Passionflower (Passiflora)
Trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
Wisteria (Wisteria sp.)
Passionflower (Passiflora)

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