Adding the rest of the Rafters
Now the temporary bracing can be removed. And the rest of the fill-in rafters are toe screwed to the beams.
Build a Pergola – the Louvers
Next the 2×4 louvers are made. They’re made in the same way as the beams and rafters. They are marked, ganged together with clamps, and notched with a circular saw. They are set in place and screwed to the rafters.
If you want more shade you can add more louvers to the pergola. If you’ve always wanted to build a pergola, then this simple pergola design might be the one for you.
And this simple pergola is done.
What I like about this pergola is it’s simplicity and how the rafters are notched into the beams, and the louvers into the rafters. I think taking the extra time to do that is well worth it. I also like the chamfered edges – I think that’s also worth the extra effort.
I finished the pergola with a semi-transparent stain. I stained each part prior to assembly. Not always required but it can make things easier to roll on finish with boards laying over a sawhorse instead of overhead.
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