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19 Jan. 1989

How to build a easy pergola,how to build a bench press out of wood,plans for a workbench with drawers - .

I thought I would post details of what we did, the cost for the project and how it has held up for us.
We had discussed just building our own from scratch and one day my husband comes back with the supplies from Home Depot and boom!
So here are the steps that we took to build the pergola plus a few little extras that we did to snazz our structure up a bit. Our pergola is a free standing unit but you can build one that is attached to a deck or house very easily.
We decided to try and give the pergola a little more of a custom look by adding boxes to the base.
To get a taut finish for the tarp and to ensure it didn’t wind up blowing off the pergola and into the pool, we screwed the tarp into the top of the frame with screws and washers.

Popular Mechanics has a 3D guide here to build your trellis if you want more visuals before you get started. We didn’t actually follow the design from Ana White but I did find this after ours was finished and it is pretty darn similar to what we did with detailed directions on how to build the extra decorative base at the bottom of your posts. And if you have some more advanced skills and tools, there is a really professional quality large pergola tutorial here with video and detailed plans. My husband and I have been doing the same as you did, looking at various plans and kits for pergolas.
Elizabeth, the boards we used are 12 x 12 so the pergola is 10 x 10 size to allow a little overlap on the sides. Our house already had a Pergola when we moved in but a few weeks ago my husband and I put the sun shades on it.

I’ve been wanting to build a pergola since last summer, but had only ever found one other post about it. The sun is brutal here on the gulf coast of central FL, but buying a pergola is SO expensive.
You can get very detailed directions on how to make the boxes by clicking the Ana White tutorial below.

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