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Project by Jasonjenkins posted 10-14-2014 01:17 AM 1588 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second in my Catch-up file… This is “bending” the rules because I’m not QUITE sure it’s done… I may want to add another layer of beams cross-wise over the top but cannot decide between 2×6’s again, 2×4’s for a step down look or lattice for cost and shade, but perhaps not upkeep. I am also thinking about some arched supports from the 6×6 posts.

The posts are in concrete tubes 4’ into the earth i sunk before i laid the patio and are stable as stone. I half lapped the beams a bit to jigsaw them in to place and some over-sized lag bolts i picked up on clearance for a few pennies hold the 2×8s in place. They look cool- but even with pre-drilling were a bear to drive in. The rest is ledgerloc and joist hangers.

i used a template and a big router bit in my new Triton beast of a router and would have built something to help stabilize the whole operation if i were to do it again. Got pretty good with the jigsaw, but that’s probably because i knew i was going to clean up with a template. Didn’t trust myself for the finial shape free hand, but i can see how someone with a bit more skill and daring could do it well enough for anyone as they are not exactly eye-level.

The beams end in an arch pattern to mimic the arch of the patio, and i plan to build a farmhouse table to put underneath it.

As always- I would love your thoughts.

-- Growing a full beard is proven to instantly improve your handtool skills...

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 01:50 AM

Looks good. I like how it looks attached to the house overhang. I would put something up there before too long so the beams don’t get crooked. The one I built called for just 2×2’s on top.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 12:28 PM

Great looking addition to your home!
Are you going to plant anything in pots by the vertical post to vine up?

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 12:17 AM

Great job Jason. I also used 2×2’s on top of mine to provide the necessary shade required.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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