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DIY Backyard Pergola

Do you love the idea of having a pergola on your property? Well, did you know that by following fun DIY art projects, you can make your own pergola and save on costs? There are many DIY ideas that you can follow and come up with….. A beautifully made backyard DIY pergola that will enhance the beauty of your home and add value to your property! These fun projects to do at home are a great concept that makes craft ideas become a useful pass time.

You will need the following materials: glue, wooden posts, drills, nails, screws, screw driver.

 Processes: Posts Installation – The posts are made up of 4×4 pressure treated cores sheathed with 1x cedar. Use steel post base anchors to secure the post cores to a concrete pad. Make-sure that the concrete pad is sizeable enough to fit the pergola and a table and a set of chairs. Start by laying posts in the correct position and use a marker to mark out the screws locations, quarter inch screws are the best bet. The screws should thread into three over sixteenth inch holes that you have used a hammer drill to make. Hold every post plumb into position and use a nail gun passing the nails through anchors and into the wood. If possible, you can do your best and brace the posts and leave them plumb.

Support Beams Installation – Cut the 4 2 by 6 support beams (cedar) to length. Using a template, cautiously mark the curved notches at the beams ends and use a jigsaw to cut them. Clamp the beams in place and use a spirit level to find out whether the posts will remain plumb. The next step is to secure every end with screws that are three inches long. As you add the second pair of every pair of beams, always check to see that the beams are level across the top edges.

 Addition of Cross Beams – The 2 by 6 cross beams should be notched to fit perfectly over the support beams. Use a dado blade on the table saw to cut the notches, if not you can lay out every notch and make use of a jigsaw to take down the waste. Use a marker to carefully mark the curved end cuts. Now install the cross beam pairs on top of the first posts. After positioning them in place, use the drill and bore screw holes down through their top edges and screw in the crossbeams to properly support the beams. Now add 3 remaining pairs by using a spacing that is similar.

 Post Trim and Braces – Cut the post trim-pieces using measurements to get the precise length and width. It’s necessary to notch some of the pieces that will perfectly fit in between support beams or perhaps. Make filler blocks that will effectively cover the post cores on these areas. Secure the trim-pieces on the posts using glue (construction adhesive) and nails that are galvanised. Now use 2 by 6 stock to secure in the diagonal braces. Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle, use a flexible stick for laying out shallow curves on the lower edge of every brace. Use screws for fastening the braces on the beams and the posts.

 Fitting the Top Slats – Cut the 5 2 by 4 slats for purposes of lengthening and shaping the ends. You need to clamp every slat and mark the crossbeam notch positions. Make use of a table saw and dado blade to create cuts. See to it that you fully support the long stock on opposite ends. The next step involves boring of pilot holes and use three inch screws to attach the slats.

 Capping the Posts – To make the post caps. All you have to do is cut square blanks and now set the table saw blade on a 15 degree angle that will shape the bevels. Make use of a longer board that has a stop across the end to guide you as you work on every blank all through the blade. Now clamp into place the blanks on to the sled as you make the cuts. Make use of 6d galvanised finishing nails to secure caps. You can make use of construction adhesive to make sure the caps hold firmly. Your DIY backyard pergola is now ready for use! Enjoy!!!

 

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