Pergola, Shed and an Extra

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 11-08-2019 08:06 PM 649 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been quite a while since I posted a project here on LJs. It’s not that I wasn’t working on anything. Just the opposite. It was a long Summer of getting things done in and around the house and a good portion of it was dedicated to renovating the yard.

The hardscape that was put down in the late 70s was crumbling and needed to be replaced. The hardscape and plantings were completed in late July. At that point, it was time for me to do my end in constructing the deck area, pergola and shed. So it took some time, but I think the results were worth the effort.

The deck and pergola are constructed from cumaru. It’s the heaviest, dense wood I’ve ever handled. As of now, the pergola and deck are unfinished. Next Spring I’ll finish them both with Timber Oil, which I think is suitable for the cumaru which has natural oils of its own.

The shed was the last piece of the yard to be completed. I neeed a place to store yard furniture, some ladders and other items. The overall dimensions are 8’x12’. It is also meant to house Missy, my outdoor cat. In the back corner of the shed is a little secondary enclosure she can access from the rear. It’s insulated and houses a pet heating pad. She does not have access to the interior of the shed beyond her little enclosure. The siding is T-111, sprayed with a semi-opaque stain. The sliding doors are milled from construction grade lumber, are also stained and then sprayed with marine varnish.

Just a few random pics of the journey :)

Happy to finally be done with it all. Now I can get back to making sawdust in the shop for useless items lol

Oh I forgot. The last pic at the top is a firewood cradle I made from a few leftover pieces of cumaru. It holds about 1/3 cord. I think I’ll make a smaller version to place near the fire pit.

Thanks for looking!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 08:34 PM

Who is this? Is this your first time on LJs? Welcome to the site Bill. ;-)

That’s some great work man. The pergola and shed tie into the house and landscape perfectly. It’s almost like an architect designed it for you or something! As always, your execution is great and your eye and ability for design are exceptional. Good to see ya bud!!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 09:27 PM

Thanks Kenny. I think I got a little shorter carrying those 14’ 2×8s. Man they were heavy. Glad now that they didn’t have 2×10s :P

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 10:12 PM

Nicely done Bill. The design really works with the house. Time for a cocktail and put your feet up.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 10:51 PM

Nice job.

Pergola and shed look great.

I need a shed about that size.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 11:44 PM

Well done Bill. It all fits in nicely.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 11-09-2019 12:55 AM

Bill, I always enjoy your designs! Then there is the excellent craftsmanship. Well done all around.

-- Art

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#7 posted 11-09-2019 01:22 AM

Fine Job Bill. I love all of it. Just beautiful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 11-09-2019 02:18 AM

What a wonderful job. Looks like a great place for a LJ picnic ;)

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#9 posted 11-09-2019 02:40 AM

Wow that is a great looking space. Everything you have done looks very nice. I like the theme.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 11-09-2019 04:58 AM

holly [email protected]@t it’s always the silent ones that kick us in the ass when we least expect it.and you just did bud,wow,nice work,as i choke and walk away…...................

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 11-09-2019 04:59 AM

Thanks everyone. I had fun doing it in-between visits to the chiropractor ;) Just kidding. But man, that Cumaru is heavy stuff. Friends that stopped by during the work picked up small pieces and couldn’t believe how heavy and hard it is. Took its toll on tool and blade edges too. It’s actually a really pretty wood when planed smooth, that is if it doesn’t tear out. Very straight grained, but some spots can be a little gnarly and no matter what direction you run it thru the planer, you get tear out.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#12 posted 11-09-2019 07:36 AM

Amazing! Which is your house, and the quarters for the staff?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#13 posted 11-09-2019 11:32 AM

Bill, great job! I also thought a designer did the layout, because it fits so well with the rest of it. You must be the designer! Really like it.

-- Petey

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#14 posted 11-09-2019 01:32 PM

ties in real good to the house you did it again Bill and welcome back to the ZOO GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 11-09-2019 02:49 PM

Nice project.

-- Gary, Florida

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