Pergola #1: Replacing Damaged Pergola

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Blog entry by Bermuda_Les posted 02-20-2015 10:07 PM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well we had a couple of hurricanes pass through here a few months back, and they damaged a couple of pergolas we had over some sliding doors. One I won’t replace, but the other was over my step-son’s main entrance, so that needs replacing. I decided not to replace with Redwood which is what the original was, but to use Wolmanized Pitch Pine. My god that stuff is heavy! Each board must weigh almost 100lbs! Here is a photo of the posts (4X4X10 – will need to cut to 8’). It was rough milled, so my first task will be to plane the posts so the surface is relatively smooth…

Next I had to cut to length. Here are the two posts planed, cut to length and ready to be notched to accept the cross member boards…

Then the tedious job of cutting out the rebates with a circular saw and then chiseling out the material…

Finally finished one side of both posts…

And finally finished both sides both posts. This only took five hours!!! Sheesh!

Next will come the cross members and the slats… stay tuned…

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 11:57 PM

That will give you some workout. Looks like you did a good job. Keep it up.

-- " If you want your PRAYERS to be answered" get off your knees and go to work

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