Building an attached pergola

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build an attached pergola. If you want to learn how to build an attached pergola, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article and to check out the related projects. There are many shed projects featured on our site, so don’t be afraid to browse through the rest of the woodworking plans.

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It is essential to invest in high quality materials, that are also water-resistant, such as pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size by using a circular saw and smooth the cut edges with a sand block. Don’t forget to ask a skilled friend to assist you during the project, especially if you don’t have a large expertise in the field. You need someone to hold the components into place, while you drive the screws in.

 

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Building an attached pergola

Building an attached pergola

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 116 1/4″ long, 3 pieces – 108 1/2″ long POSTS
  • B – 3 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 228″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
  • C – 13 piece of 2×8 lumber –228″ long SHADE ELEMENTS
  • D – 30 piece of 1×4 lumber – 17 1/2″ long SPACERS
  • E – 20 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 20 1/2″ long TRIMS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building an attached pergola

Building the posts

Building the posts

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the posts for the pergola. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to use 6×6 lumber for the posts. Mark the cut lines on the posts and make the notches with a circular saw. Clean the recess with a chisel and smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper. Take accurate measurements for a professional result.

 

Laying out the pergola

Laying out the pergola

 

Laying out the pergola is an essential step of the outdoor woodworking project. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to use batter boards and string. Adjust the size of the pergola according to your needs, but use the woodworking techniques described in order to get a professional result. Make sure the diagonals are equal and apply the 3-4-5 rule to every corner of the pergola to make sure they are right-angled.

 

Building the support beams

Building the support beams

 

Build the support beams out of 2×8 lumber. If you want to add character to the project, we recommend you to cut the ends of the beams in a decorative manner. Use a jigsaw to make the curved cuts and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper for a professional result.

 

Fitting the support back beam

Fitting the support back beam

 

Attach the support beam to the back posts and secure it into place by using 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the support beams is perfectly horizontal before inserting the screws. Alternatively, you could attach the support beams directly to the house structure and lock it into place using lag screws.

 

Fitting the support beams

Fitting the support beams

 

Fit the support beams to the front posts and drill pilot holes through all the components. Afterwards, insert 6″ screws to lock the beams into place tightly. Work with attention and double check the rigidity of the structure before continuing the project.

 

Building the shade elements

Building the shade elements

 

Build the shade elements for the attached pergola out of 2×8 beams. Cut the back edge at 1.3 degrees and make the notches to the front of the component, in order to lock tightly to the support beams.

 

Fitting the shade elements

Fitting the shade elements

 

Fit the shade elements to the structure and space them according to your needs and tastes. The closer you will place the shade elements, the more shade you will have under the pergola.

 

Installing the shade elements

Installing the shade elements

 

Use metal hardware to lock the shade elements to the back support beam. Drill pilot holes through the front of the components and lock them to the supports slats by driving in a few 6″ screws.

 

Fitting the spacers

Fitting the spacers

 

Fit 1×4 spacers between the shade elements in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the spacers and secure them to the shade elements using 1 1/4″ screws.

 

Fitting the post trims

Fitting the post trims

 

If you want to enhance the look of the pergola, we recommend you to attach 1×8 trims to the bottom of the posts. Therefore, cut the trims at the right size and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Use a circular saw to cut the side edges at 45 degrees and secure them to the posts by using finishing nails and glue. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.

 

Attached pergola plans

Attached pergola plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the pergola plans, as there are several alternatives to choose from.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the attached pergola.

 

 

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