Easy To Do:
Building Your Own Pergola
This is a structure that will still get you wet in rain, exposed to wind and direct sunlight. Then what is the
point of pergola? It sets boundary of an outdoor space without using walls or roof. It defines a place
without constraining it.
As a common feature in Renaissance gardens, pergola will bring your backyard landscape to life. It often
built to cover walkways, and can be used to place climbing plants. Pergola will become the focal point of
The pergola we will build fits on 8-feet square. You want to use cedar wood because it resists decay. You
can leave the wood unfinished until it turns gray, or you can apply sealer.
Building the posts:
Use steel anchors to secure the post cores, either to concrete pad or set them in the earth using longer
posts. Mark the screw locations according to the layout, and drill it. Set the posts to anchor, hold them
plumb, and drive nails through the wood.
Cut the cedar beams, clamp them in place, then secure each end to the posts with screws. Check that
each pair of beams are level across the top.
Cut notches into crossbeams with a table saw or jigsaw. The notches are there so the crossbeams can fit
over support beams. First, install the pairs at the posts, then bore screwholes through their tops and
screw them to the support beams. Add the remaining crossbeams with similar spacing.
Cut the ends of a 2×6 stock at 45 degrees. Fasten these braces to the posts and beams using screws.
Clamp each slat in place, mark the notches, and cut with table saw. Attach the slats on top of
crossbeams with screw.