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Project by lanwater posted 08-27-2011 12:00 AM 2591 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build this pergola to replace a condemned Gazebo and to give more crawl space for my 3 grape vines.

The main Structure was built in 2 days with a helper and a couple more weeked to finish up by myself.

I made two different templates to cut the curves at the end of the 2×6s and 2×4s.
I wanted to route the edge clean but discovered quicly that the lumber was wet. So the curves were cut with a jigsaw only.

The wood is redwood heart construction grade. Heart B was more expensive.
Stainleass steel Cariage bolts.
Lag bolts.
3” Deck screws.
The only finish that went on it is a brushed on UV protection.

The condemned Gazebo Came down within one hour. Four more days for a contractor to concrete the area.


The first phase was to put the 6 4×4 posts in place and plumb them. To that the long sectional 2×6s got added. Stainless steel cariage bolts were used on those.

Once those were in place then I proceeded with some more 2×6 accross from the first Long 2×6s. I used a string to align all these in the front of the pergola then I marked and cut a 2” deep dado on those.

Onces all the 2×6 were secure then I proceded to install the top 2×4. Those were screwed on with deck screws.

Final proceeded to add the corner crosses to make very stable.
I cut those out of 2×6s and cut a slight curve on all of them on my bandsaw.
I was able to patern route some of them since they had dried some in the garage.
I then drill partially the hole for the lag bolt to go in and I also used a spade bit so I can recess those bolt a little.


I had ordered a little extra wood for a planter bench but we are still unsure if we should attach it the the pergola or let be on its own. That’s for another project.

Thanks for looking

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA





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patron

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#1 posted 08-27-2011 12:56 AM

looking good

and more room there too

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lanwater

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 01:03 AM

Thanks David.

Definitely more room. I was thorn, I kind of liked the gazebo but wanted the space. It was charming with the vines crawling on its roof. It’s fate was sealed while trying to replace it’s floor and discovered that all the posts were pretty shot.

The kids love the open space.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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learnin2do

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 06:15 AM

That looks wonderful! -The vines will be happy as the folks!

-- christine

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lanwater

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 08:23 AM

Thanks Learnin2do.

For some reason I have a lot of “affection” for those vines.
I had to tim them back for the work. I think they will be all over by next spring.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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thejaz

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 09:07 PM

The Pergola looks great! Those vines ‘ll be across the top in no-time.
Well done, my friend.

-- Tom Snyder - theJaz

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lanwater

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 05:37 AM

Thejaz: Thanks for the nice comments..

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 08-28-2011 01:34 PM

Looking like a wonderful place to sit in a late evening with a glass of wine, watching the colors of the grapes.
Really nice work you have done there, and a elegant result.

Here a photo of my grapes as they look now, every day they get darker, it is beautiful to watch this change.

Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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plantek

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#8 posted 08-28-2011 06:00 PM

That’s really nice lanwater…
Great work.
It’s always nice to be able to re-purpose a problem area or item.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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Diggerjacks

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#9 posted 08-28-2011 07:48 PM

Hello Lanwater

You have done a fantastic work

I like it

A lot of beautiful evening in the future under your pergola

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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lanwater

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#10 posted 08-29-2011 03:12 AM

Mafe, my friend, Those grape look yummy:)
If you happen to visit california, let me know. I will get a good botlle out and fire the grill.

Plantek: Thank you!

Diggerjacks: I think I am going to get a hammok, hang it under and take a nap.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 08-29-2011 03:20 AM

If Mads makes it to California I am guessing there are lots of folks that would look after him.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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lanwater

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#12 posted 08-29-2011 06:48 AM

I am pretty sure that will be the case WayneC. I guess we would have to get all together.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 08-29-2011 12:04 PM

I have tears in my eyes here, California sounds even more wonderful now, and a American BBQ, yummi.
Thank you my wonderful friends.
From my heart,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 08-29-2011 04:46 PM

AN epic construction Ian. I too love pergolas. I understand the space issue as well. Kids will enjoy it.

Now you have to prepare the Ianwater vines summit. I see a long queue looking forward to it

-- Back home. Fernando

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lanwater

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#15 posted 08-29-2011 06:39 PM

Fernando: Thanks for the nice comment. Argentinian wines is wel known for its taste. I will be more than delighted to toast with my friends.

Mafe: don’t get emotionnal on us ;no tears, smiles :)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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