This step by step diy project is about pergola bar plans. This is one of my favorite designs lately, although there is nothing complicated or exquisite about it. I love the simplicity and the easy you can build this pergola table, without spending a fortune on the materials. Moreover, you can easily adjust the size and the style of the project to suit your needs. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
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.
Projects made from these plans
Pergola Bar Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 126″ long POSTS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 96″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
- C – 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long RAFTERS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 15″ long TABLE FRAME
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25″ long, 4 pieces – 53″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 53″ long TABLETOP
- 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 9′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12′
- 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws
- 9″ carriage bolts
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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How to build a planter bar
The first step of the project is to set the posts for the pergola bar. Use 6×6 lumber for the posts, as shown in the plans. Choose the location for the posts and level the surface. Dig 3′ holes in the ground and then fit the posts in. Use temporarily braces to lock the posts into place plumb. Fill the holes with concrete and let it dry out for a few days.
Meanwhile, you have to cut the rest of the components. Use 2×8 lumber for the support beams. Mark the cut lines on the beams and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Center the support beams to the top of the posts and clamp them into place. Drill pilot holes through both the beams and the posts. Insert 9″ carriage bolts and tighten them so you can secure the beams to the posts.
Use 2×6 lumber for the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the lumber and then get the job done with a saw. In addition, cut the notches to the beams so you can fit them to the top of the pergola.
Fit the rafters to the top of the pergola bar. You can adjust the gaps between the rafters to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 4 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the table frame. Cut all the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the long slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square.
Use 2×4 and 2×6 lumber for the tabletop. Cut all the components at the dimensions shown in the plans and then drill the pocket holes. Align everything flush and add glue to the joints. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble everything together tightly.
Fit the table frame to the pergola posts. You can adjust the height of the table to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the frame to the posts. Use a spirit level to check if the frame is horizontal on both directions.
Fit the tabletop of the frame and center it. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the tabletop.
Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain over the pergola bar to enhance the look of the project. Apply a few top coats to protect the wood from the elements.
You can make have modifications to my plans so the project suits your needs. Therefore, you can easily add a slope to the pergola and cover it with plexiglass, so you protect the table from the elements.
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