|Project by FJPetruso||posted 05-10-2012 07:48 PM||10235 views||10 times favorited||8 comments|
We’re re-doing & repairing our patio this spring & as part of the make-over I decided to make a nice cover for my Bar-B-Que grill. I wanted to make it to match our patio cover which is made of heavy treated deck lumber & matches our ranch style home. The design I chose was to have two heavy posts supporting a cantilever type awning of a Southwestern Pergola style. Like our patio cover, I didn’t want just a pergola to provide shade from the sun. ( I can’t understand why people here in the midwest, where you can count on rain for any special weekend event, choose to build pergolas designed for shade only in an arid southwestern climate. So many people are worried more about how a pergola looks & design it only to be attached to the house & completely forget about placing the rafters in an alignment that provides shade at the time the sun is the highest & hottest. So many pergolas have the rafters aligned to let the sun shine THROUGH at noon to 3pm. What a waste.) So a corrugated tin roof added to a pergola type top to keep hot sunshine, pergola placement and sudden storms & rain a minor inconvenience. 6X6s are used for posts & 4X6s were used for a support arms & angle braces. 2X6s & 2X2s are used to construct the top. The support arms are 4 feet long & the posts are placed 8 feet apart. The top, made to have a 2 foot overhang on the ends & a foot on the front & back, was made 12 feet long by 6 feet deep. For joinery I used a combination timber framing & typical bolted construction as all joints were both mortised & bolted for strength. A section of lattice is used for a decorative touch. It’s finished just in time to smoke some ribs for Mother’s Day!
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"