|Project by SawdustAddict||posted 06-01-2011 06:59 PM||3515 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
Most of my projects are a bit larger than last weekend’s mini cutting boards. Here is a pergola I built a few years ago to provide a little shade on the back patio. It was based on a pergola/archway in Fine Homebuilding. I have done several decks before, but this was my first pergola. This is all cedar with an exterior oil stain.
The main framework was ‘timber framed’, with no metal fasteners in the main framework. The corner joints interlock with a hidden loose tenon locking everything together. The knee braces are mortised into the posts and beams. This is one area that I would redo if I could, as the tenons end up with a lot of short grain and are not as strong as I would like. Someday I may retrofit a beefier knee brace, but there are too many projects in the queue right now.
The lattice was made from ripped down 1 by stock. It takes more time, but I really like the look. The lattice frame was mortised into the posts as well. I am hoping to get some form of vine to grow up the lattice and over the top to provide more shade. My first attempt failed. I guess I am better at making sawdust than I am at growing things (or landscaping in general.)