This step by step diy project is about 2 post pergola plans. If you are tight on space in your backyard or you want to cover your bbq area, you should consider building a nice two legged pergola using my free set of plans. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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2 Post Pergola Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 120″ long POSTS
- B – 2 piece of 6×6 lumber – 96″ long TOP SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 168″ long BEAMS
- D – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 45″ long BRACES
- E – 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 168″ long RAFTERS
- F – 7 piece of 1×2 lumber – 96″ long SLATS
- 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 10′
- 3 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 8′
- 10 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 14′
- 7 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 1/2″ brad nails, 2 1/2″ screws
- 4 pieces of 8″ screws
- 4 pieces of 8″ carriage bolts
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- 6×6 post anchor 2 pieces
- post to beam connector 4 pieces
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2 legged pergola plans
The first step of the project is to lay out the posts for the pergola. Adjust the size of the posts to suit you needs and tastes.
You can fit the posts directly in concrete or you can pour footings and set the posts in anchors. Dig 2-3′ holes into the ground and then install the tube forms.
Your local building codes should specify a recommended depth for post holes in your area. For a structure like this one, plan on about two-feet in depth, as depth of your hole should be about 1/4 of the height of the wooden post. The holes should have about 10″ in diameter.
Continue the project by making the support for the shade elements. Cut the 6×6 beam at 96″ and them make a notch, as shown in the diagram. Mark the cut area and then make 1 1/2″ deep parallel cuts using a circular saw. Remove the excess with a chisel and clean the recess with sandpaper.
Continue the project by making decorative cuts to both ends of the support beams. Mark the cut lines and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a neat result.
Fit the supports to the top of the posts and align the edges with attention. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Drill pilot holes through the top supports and insert 8″ screws into the posts.
Continue the project by installing the 6×6 braces to the frame of the pergola. Cut both ends of the braces and then secure it to the posts with 3 1/2″ screws, after drilling the pilot holes.
Build the support beams for the pergola from 2×6 beams. Cut both ends of the 14′ long beams in a decorative manner, using the pattern shown above.
Fit the support beams to the 2 legged pergola, as shown in the plans. Center the beams to the top of the posts and clamp them into place tightly. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts and insert 9″ carriage bolts. Insert at least two carriage bolts for each post. Use a spirit level to make sure the posts are plumb when drilling the pilot holes.
Build the shade elements from 2×6 lumber. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to make two notches to the beams so they fit easily over the 6×6 supports. Mark the cut lines to the beams, as shown in the diagram and then use a saw to make the notches. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Fit the shade elements to the supports, making sure you place them equally spaced. You can toenail them to the supports or you can use metal fasteners.
Fit 1×2 slats to the top of the shade elements. Align the slats to the rafters as shown in the plans. Use 1 1/4″ screws or nails to secure the slats into place tightly.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper then enhance the wood with a few coats of stain or lacquer. Make sure you choose a waterproof product, as the lumber will be exposed to the elements.
Seen from above, the pergola has a really nice design and it will integrate easily to any backyard. You can adjust the size and the design of the pergola so it suits your needs.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few days without much effort. Remember that you need to adjust the size of the components so they suit your own needs and read the local building codes before undertaking the project on your own. If you want to score more point, you can even invest in more exquisite materials, such as oak or redwood. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
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