Pergola and swing

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 07-06-2011 10:56 PM 5123 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Construction Notes: This 10’ x 12’ pergola is my own design and came from photos and observations of other pergolas. It is recommended for those with at least intermediate skill level. The construction is straightforward and uses stock lumber dimensions and lengths.

The swing plans were borrowed from my neighbor and are simple to follow.

All materials came from my local Lowe’s store and is pressure treated 2×4, 2×6, 2×8 and 6×6 stock lumber.

The total cost of materials was approximately $400, which included the swing and landscaping timbers and mulch. The construction took approximately 25 labor hours.

Tools Used: Tablesaw, miter saw, drill, jigsaw.

Additional Notes: Rather than burying the corner posts and messing with concrete and posthole diggers, I bolted 3’ screw anchors to each post. I figure if this beefy project is toppled by a strong wind, I’d be more focused on re-building my house!

Step by step building instructions and materials list here.

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 11:28 PM

You must have done this while your wife wasn’t looking. You sly dog.

Looks great.

Where’m I gonna sit?

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 03:30 AM

Hi Randy, what a nice swing. Well done project I would say. I will show my wife your pictures, and I am sure that after she sees them I will be building one also. :) Hope I can do as well as you have.

-- Jeff, eastern Iowa

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#3 posted 06-15-2015 05:40 AM

Wow, very impeessive! Very, very impressive!

Now that this project is a few years old, how is it holding up? How did the decision not to dig post holes and use cement work…did you ever wish you buried them?

I’d love to make a replica of yours and would appreciate your thoughts.

-- "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out alll fear." 1 John 4: 18

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#4 posted 06-15-2015 02:55 PM

That is a beautiful accent for a yard and so nicely done. It looks like a very comfortable pace to relax.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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