Two Post Pergola Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about two post pergola plans. This is a nice project that anyone can add to their backyard, especially that I’ve got you covered with step by step instructions and diagrams. This 2 legged pergola is ideal if you want to cover your bbq area or create a nice shaded area for your garden bench or hammock. You can adjust the size of the bench to suit your needs. See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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Two Post Pergola Plans

Building a 2 post pergola

Building a 2 post pergola

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 132″ long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 96″ long PLATES
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 168″ long BEAMS
  • D – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 25 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 45″ long BRACES
  • E – 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 168″ long SHADE ELEMENTS
  • F – 7 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 96″ long SLATS

Tools

Time

  • One Day

 

 

Building a two post pergola

Setting the posts

Setting the posts

The first step of the project s to lay out the posts for the pergola. Make sure you align everything with attention, for a professional result.

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

Mark the location for the holes and dig about 2-3′. Fit concrete tubes and then set the 6×6 posts into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts and then secure them temporarily into place with 2×4 braces, as shown in the image. Fill the tubes with concrete and leave it to dry out for a couple of days.

Top beams

Top beams

Build the top plates from 6×6 lumber, as well. Cut the ends in a decorative manner using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. In addition, make the recess so you can fit the plates to the top of the posts. Make some parallel cuts and then remove the excess with a chisel.

Making the decorative elements

Making the decorative elements

Cut the ends of the beams in a decorative manner. Mark the cut lines on the beams and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a neat result.

Fitting the top beams

Fitting the top beams

Fit the plates to the top of the posts. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 7″ screws.

Base beams

Base beams

Build the base beams from 2×6 lumber. Cut both ends in a decorative manner and smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.

Fitting the base beams

Fitting the base beams

Fit the base beams to the top of the posts, as shown in the diagram. Dill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts and insert 9″ carriage bolts.

Fitting the braces

Fitting the braces

Build the braces from 6×6 lumber and cut both ends at 45 degrees. Fit the braces to the 2 legged pergola, as shown in the plans. Make sure the corners are square, align the edges flush and secure them into place with 3 1/2″ screws.

Building the shade elements

Building the shade elements

Build the shed elements using the information from the diagram. Make the cuts with a saw and smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Fitting the shade elements

Fitting the shade elements

Fit the shade elements to the top of the pergola, making sure you space them evenly. Use metal hardware or screws to secure the rafters to the top plates.

Fitting the top slats

Fitting the top slats

Fit 1×2 slats over the shade elements to keep them evenly spaced on the long run. Fit the slats to the top of the pergola and then secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws to prevent the wood from splitting.

2 Post Pergola Plans

2 Post Pergola Plans

Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the pergola and to protect the components from the elements.

Two Post Pergola Plans

Two Post Pergola Plans

This is a nice two post pergola. This project has a nice appearance and it is ideal for sheltering a bbq or a outdoor stove. You can adjust the size of the project easily so it suits your needs and tastes.  If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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