208) Sprint to the Finish – Day 2 (Pergola)

by Gail on April 3, 2014

A rare sunny day had us running outside for Day 2’s sprint. (See Day 1 here.)

The little garden shed needs a pergola, don’t you think?garden shed before

I have a purple clematis I’d like to grow up around the door. That section of the garden is “the purple section,” because our romantic and creative WWOOFers,  Kelly and Mike, chose the accent colours.kelly and mike paint (I gave them free reign on that decision. They may have chosen the colours because of their names: silvery-white Wishing Star and purple Georgian Court.)

First, Rob and I mined the scrap pile for cedar that would work for this project.scrap pile

Turns out, we had a selection, but it had been used once or twice before, so needed some cosmetic surgery:board surgery.jpg

In the photo on the right, you can see where Rob cut out rot and replaced it with a triangle of solid wood.

For the design, I went to the internet, and found an elegant brace shape that did not seem to overwhelm the shed. We discussed the actual dimensions, and Rob made a template. He cut the shapes with a jigsaw.cedar knee brace

We had most of a quart of gummy acrylic paint left, which was enough to paint all the pieces.

The chronology of the pergola construction:

pergola construction1. Two 20″ 2x4s were attached with screws through the shingles into a block inside the shed.

2. The knee braces were screwed into the 2x4s.

3. Rob had drilled the holes on an angle into the braces, using a Kreg jig (gotta get me one of those!) (Oh, and the Kreg jig is not a dance.) Very cool plugs sold for Kreg hole-filling were glued into the holes, and touched up with paint.

4. A backer board is toe-nailed onto the braces.

5. Two rafters, the ends cut with the same shape as the brace, are toe-nailed into the braces. 1.5″x2″ sticks nailed at 8″ intervals onto the rafters.

6. The finished pergola

(The little wooden structure attached to the wall is a mason bee condo. It already has tenants.)

There are lots of imperfections in the wood, but I have convinced myself that it looks charming, and will be even more picturesque with the vines growing over it. garden shed pergolaCost of the project materials = ZERO!

pergola B&A

Sharing with: Little Red House, Savvy Southern Style, Lamberts Lately, The Dedicated House, The Boogieboard Cottage



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joy April 3, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Yes, a pergola was a definite necessity, absolutely. Love it. Can hardly wait to see what happens next !


Nancy April 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

I love the look of these, and it makes me want one more!! Love these….and yours with the purple door>…….


Crystelle April 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

It’s soooo pretty!! I want one!! Happy Easter to you and yours…. 🙂
“hugs” Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: