|Project by lanwater||posted 08-27-2011 12:00 AM||2800 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
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.
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