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You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the pergola with swing. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.
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Pergola with swing plans
- A – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 37″ long, 2 pieces – 89″ long FRAME
- B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 84 1/2″ long POSTS
- C – 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 89″ long FLOORING
- D – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
- E – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long BRACES
- E – 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long RAFTERS
- F – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 33″ long, 10 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 28 1/2″ long RAILINGS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
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How to build a pergola with a swing
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the pergola. Cut the components out of 2×4 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends of the 37″ long joists. Align everything with attention and insert 2 1/2″ screws to create rigid joints. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Next, fit the 1×6 or 2×6 decking boards to the floor frame. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the boards to make sure the gaps are consistent. Drill pilot holes and secure the boards to the joists using appropriate screws.
Next, attach the 4×4 posts to the floor of the frame. Drill pilot holes through the posts and through the joists. Insert 5 1/2″ carriage bolts to lock the posts to the joists in a professional manner. Plumb the posts with a spirit level, before drilling the pilot holes.
The next step of the project is to build the supports beams for the pergola with arbor. Cut both ends of the 2×6 beams in a decorative manner and smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Attach the support beams to the top of the posts and secure them tightly into place, by clamps. Make sure the corners are square and check if the support beams are horizontal. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts. Insert 7″ carriage bolts to lock everything together tightly.
In order to enhance the rigidity of the structure, we recommend you to install 4×4 braces. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and fit them to the pergola, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the braces and secure them to the structure using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled before fitting the braces.
Continue the project by building the rafters for the simple pergola. Use 2×6 lumber to build the components. Mark the cut lines and get the job done with a circular saw. Remove the excess material with a chisel and smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Fit the rafters to the support beams, making sure you place them equally-spaced. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and secure them to the support beams by using 3 1/2″ screws.
One of the last steps of the project is to build the railings for the pergola with swing. Build the supports out of 4×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends and secure them to the posts using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the balusters out of 2×2 lumber. Cut the top at 45 degrees and secure them into place using 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes. Drilling the pilot holes is needed, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.
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