The Pergola Design – Making the POSTS
The posts, and all other parts, true full dimension.
The posts are 6″ x 6″ and cut to length with a circular saw.
For this video I have enough lumber around from other projects to show the steps to make each part of the curved pergola
I draw a pencil line around the post with a speed square. If the post is square and true then the lines will meet.
I make 4 cuts with a circular saw. Rotating the post a quarter turn each time. Then finish the cut with a hand saw.
They are then chamfered using a power plane. A sanding disc on an angle grinder will work for this as well.
A hole is drilled in the center of the bottom of each post for the galvanized rod.
This rod will keep the post in position. I use a drill guide for this to ensure the hole is square to the end of the post.
If you want to see how to lay out the post locations for pouring concrete footings have a look at my previous pergola video.
A shingle is added between the concrete and post as a moisture barrier.
Stakes are driven in and temporary braces are added as we set each post in place, then plumbed with a spirit level.
The layout and size of this pergola was determined by the size and dimensions of the concrete cistern lid.
The lid was found to be square and level so this made everything easier.