This step by step diy project is about front porch pergola plans. I had many requests for designing a super simple angled roof pergola that will go perfectly over a front entrance. Therefore, this is my take and I can say I am pleased with the result. If you look for a one weekend project that will freshen up the look of your entrance, this is a great candidate. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
All my woodworking plans come with 3D diagrams and step by step instructions. In addition, the plans include full Cut and Shopping lists. Remember that you need to read the local codes before starting the project. It is your responsibility to make adjustments and suit the legal requirements.
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.
Projects made from these plans
Front Porch Pergola Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long POSTS
- B – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long BEAM
- C – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long LEDGER
- D – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long RAFTERS
How to build a V shaped planter
The first step of the project is to lay and fit the posts to the front porch. You should choose the method according to the material of the porch. Therefore, use metal anchors if you will have to attach the posts to a concrete porch or secure the posts to the joists if the porch is wood framed. Moreover, you can adjust the size and the distance between the posts to suit your needs.
Use 4×4 lumber for the top beam. Mark the cut lines at both angles of the beam and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the beam to the top of the posts and make sure the side overhangs are equal, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 6″ screws to lock the beam into place tightly. Plumb the posts with a spirit level and use temporarily braces to lock them into place tightly, before attaching the top beam.
Use 4×4 lumber for the braces. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and then fit them to the pergola, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 4 1/2″ screws to lock them into place.
Next, fit the ledger board to the front of the house. Use lag screws to anchor the board to the house framing. Use a spirit level to plumb the board perfectly horizontal.
Next, you need to build the rafters for the pergola from 2×4 lumber. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts at one end of the boards.
Mark the lines to the boards and then get the job done with a circular saw. Use a jigsaw to make the curved cut to the pergola end.
Fit the rafters to the top of the pergola and place them equally spaced, every 16″ on center. Drill pilot holes and insert 6″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the pergola and to protect the components from the elements.
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