Pergola for the Yard

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Blog series by builtinbkyn updated 06-20-2016 08:21 PM 5 parts 9027 reads 44 comments total

Part 1: Pergola/Trellis/Privacy Screen for the Yard

05-25-2016 04:28 AM by builtinbkyn | 6 comments »

Started work on this today. City living has been different and fun, but it also has some drawbacks. It’s nice to have the ability to walk out of the front door to have dinner at any one of 100 places, to get a haircut a block away or to just walk around and take in the activity on the street, but sometimes you just want to sit in the yard and be alone after the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood outside your door. My townhouse, like any other, is connected to the neighbors nex...

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Part 2: Thank you Paul Sellers and Old No. 8

06-05-2016 08:28 PM by builtinbkyn | 7 comments »

I’ve watched quite a few Paul Sellers Master Classes over the months and many on truing up lumber. Yes I picked up a planer and jointer from Craig’s List, but there are times when they won’t do the job and today was one such time. I was able to employ a few of Paul’s techniques. One series Paul did was on various ways of holding stock when the stock and your bench don’t necessarily work together. Having pieces that exceed the length of my bench, forced me to ...

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Part 3: Hoggin' Out Holes

06-09-2016 03:35 AM by builtinbkyn | 7 comments »

So after a much needed shop cleaning, I started the mortises for the beam supports. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to just go at it with a chisel or use the mortiser. Still up in the air about that as I’d really like to get this finished so we can enjoy it in the yard. There’s still a lot of sanding and finishing to do. However I did complete one this afternoon using the drill press and chisel method. I first made a template to help with layout and then hogged out the mort...

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Part 4: When Life Gives You Lemons, Stain Them

06-11-2016 07:23 PM by builtinbkyn | 13 comments »

So here I was thinking “OK I’m in the home stretch. I’m finished sanding the posts and they’re ready for my oil/stain mix.” Ha! I started to apply the oil mix and couldn’t believe that the DF of the posts were taking on the oil mix in a very different way than the rafters and rafter supports. Heck they now looked like PTL :( So before they completely dry, I’m now applying a stain by hand that is getting me where I want to be. I’ll then j...

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Part 5: Erection Day

06-20-2016 08:21 PM by builtinbkyn | 11 comments »

Hmmm? Well at 56 that’s always a good thing. :) The best laid plans are never quite that. Had everything done and ready to erect the structure on Saturday and actually got started by drilling and anchoring the posts. What I didn’t plan on was a plumbing issue that needed to take precedence over the pergola. My wife accidentally forced flushed a rag down the bowl on the lower level. She was using it to clean something and then tossed it in the cleaning bucket full of soapy...

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