Pergola Design with Curved Cedar Rafters

BRACES on the CAD Model

Animation of a cedar pergola designed with curved rafters and curved corner braces
Side view of the pergola with bracing flying in

Eight of these braces are required for the sides of the pergola and attach to the posts and 6×6 beams.

Animation of a cedar pergola designed with curved rafters and curved corner braces
Front view with the larger braces flying in

This process was repeated for the larger braces that are secured to the posts and rafters.
Now all the temporary bracing is removed.

The LOUVERS

The three louvers, or more if needed, are made from 2×4 stock. The pergola design called for them to be simply cut to length then chamfered. They are positioned over the rafters and screwed in place.

Construction of a cedar pergola designed with curved rafters and curved corner braces
Louvers beside the main beams and ridge beam

And that is it. The curved pergola is done. Let me know what you think by dropping a note in the comment section. I try to reply to as many questions as I can.

Animation of a cedar pergola designed with curved rafters and curved corner braces
Louvers being dropped in

Thank you so much for reading!

Construction of a cedar pergola designed with curved rafters and curved corner braces
Cedar Curved Pergola Outdoor Structure is done!

And thanks to everyone who has supported our channel through Patreon. It’s very much appreciated.
I have a full set of plans available for download.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading

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Pictures after 5 Years

Here’s some pictures taken last November to show how the pergola design has aged. I think it’s holding up very well. It’s the worse time of year for any flattering photos but maybe that’s okay.

Aged Western Red Cedar Pergola with Sawn Curved Rafters
Aged Western Red Cedar Pergola with Sawn Curved Rafters
Aged Western Red Cedar Pergola with Sawn Curved Rafters

There’s a long crack in one beam but that’s all I could find of any significance.

Aged Western Red Cedar Pergola with Sawn Curved Rafters
Aged Western Red Cedar Pergola with Sawn Curved Rafters
Aged Western Red Cedar Pergola with Sawn Curved Rafters

And that’s all. Thanks!


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