Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pergola Patio

The concept.  HOA required a 5' setback before approving.

The materials:
8 wooden stakes
landscapers twine
Quickrete concrete mold
32 - 80lb bags of Quickrete
Hand shovel
Grout float
Chop saw
4 - galvanized post anchors
various 3/8" galvanized lag bolts, washers and nuts
Galvanized deck screws
4 - 4x4x8 cedar posts
10 - 2x6x12 cedar boards

The blank canvas.

Staked off with landscapers twine to mark footings and perimeter lines.  I wish I would have thought of spray paint at this point.

First few courses. We were leveling as we went, which added unnecessary fuss time.

Making progress more quickly after leveling the remaining square.

Ready for curing.  Poured a few extra pavers with leftover concrete.

 The first step in the framing process was to lay out the beams and rafters where we could reach them.  This was we were able to mark the positions of each one, rather than having to measure and mark while up on a ladder.

 Next we installed the posts, plumbed them and braced them.  We chose galvanized adjustable post anchors knowing that the yard was not perfectly level, and knowing we are novice carpenters who might need a way to forgive small mistakes.

 temporarily screwed the beams into place.

 Angle brackets were installed to brace the walls for shear.

Rafters go up.

Small privacy screen gets installed.


Work Bench

The plan was to set out to build this basic work bench.
First, I precut all the pieces and laid them out.

Next, I clamped the pieces, checked for square, drilled pilot holes and attached with 1/4" carriage bolts.

Next was to install brackets that I was going to use to enhance the functionality of the bench, using this image of a Roll-Around Workbench as a guide.

Next I installed the cross pieces and bolted them in.

Next came the base shelf and casters (two stationary and two swivel with locking mechanism).

Pinned the tabletop down with a pneumatic nailer.

Installed the end shelf so the table saw was flush with the tabletop, and viola!