Backyard Pergola

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Project by Sennelier76 posted 07-23-2012 11:45 AM 4520 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the completed pergola we’ve been wanting to put up since we moved in. We took the approach of using old barn timbers for the structure and with a little searching online and a lot of TLC we came across some really incredible Easter Red Cedar beams and boards. I used traditional style timber frame joinery to get it all together and learned a thing or two along the way. The final dimensions are about 10×12x8. Prior to the pergola there was a simple, uneven and slanting paver patio. We pulled a third of it and built some limestone beds for perennials. We also planted some Virginia Creeper on two of the posts that will eventually serve as foliage cover on the top, once they grow in. The next step is to build a small low lying platform deck with a step up from the pergola for the grill and some family style seating.

If you’re interested you can see all the details of the process on my blog:


-- Bobby, Iowa,

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 12:17 PM

Well Done! Love the use of old timbers and traditional joinery. It now looks like a wonderfully inviting space!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 04:45 PM

Thanks for sharing Bobby. I love the fact that you recycled old barn timbers. Keep up the good work.

-- Scott in Texas

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 07:15 PM

Wow, awesome job. I can tell you put a ton of time and care into that whole project, right down to the pavers.

Thanks for sharing – and for the inspiration!

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 09:57 PM

Grrrrrrreat job, Bobby! The wife and I’ve been wanting one out the back door, but I’ve reluctant to start it. How long did it take you and did you have any help? It’s somewhat on the intimidating side to me. LOL ! ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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