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How to Build a Custom Pergola

Pergolas are a wonderful way to add architecture to your backyard while offering protection from the sun. Building your own is not very complicated and is a great project for a moderately experienced woodworker.

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Materials

  • 2x4 pressure-treated boards
  • 2x8 pressure-treated boards
  • 4x6 pressure-treated posts
  • 3" galvanized decking screws
  • lag bolts
  • pavers
  • low-voltage deck lights
  • gravel
  • 2x6 pressure-treated boards
  • fiberglass columns
  • premixed concrete
  • mulch
  • plants

Tools

  • post hole digger
  • jigsaw
  • drill
  • circular saw
  • level
  • shovel
  • wheelbarrow
  • socket set
  • screwdriver
  • hammer
  • spade
  • ladders

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Projects

Resources

  • Tools from Black and Decker
  • Tools from Porter-Cable Corporation