How to Build a Pergola from Wood and Bamboo

Posted by Stéphane Schröder 18/07/2016 0 Comment(s) Bamboo DIY Tips,

How to Build a Pergola

With our prefab DIY kits you can easily build a pergola from wood and bamboo. The beautiful wooden pergola with bamboo joists is specially designed to support vines, roses and grapes in the bamboo roof. Once installed you can use it as a freestanding canopy in the garden or on a terrace.

The pergola kit contains:
  • 6 wooden beams 90 x 90 x 2700 mm
  • 2 pre-drilled wooden beams 90 x 90 x 2700 mm
  • 8 wooden braces 90 x 90 x 650 mm
  • 18 tonkin canes of 300 cm length and 28-30 mm diameter
  • 36 screws with countersunk cross head 4 x 40 mm
  • 16 screws with countersunk torx head 5 x 80 mm
  • 20 screws with countersunk torx head 5 x 120 mm
  • 1 drill bit 4 mm
  • 1 torx bit
Tools needed:
  • Cordless drill
  • Measuring tape
Building time:
  • 1/5 hours (2 persons)

 

Step 1:

How to Build a Pergola

Lay the mitred beams on the ground so that they form a square (this is the roof of the pergola). The pre-drilled beams must face each other.

 

Step 2:

How to Build a Pergola

Use the 4 mm drill bit to pre-drill the corners of the roof before securing them. Drill one hole in the beam without pre-drilled holes for the bamboo sticks and drill two holes in the beam with pre-drilled holes for the bamboo sticks. Now you can secure the corner in three places with 5 x 120 mm screws without the screws sitting in each other's way.

 

Step 3:

How to Build a Pergola

Repeat step 2 for all the corners of the roof so that you end up with a solid square.

 

Step 4:

How to Build a Pergola

Put the roof upright and attach the first post. Pre-drill two holes, and secure the post to the corner of the roof with two 5 x 120 mm screws.

 

Step 5:

How to Build a Pergola

Close up of how the screws are fixed into the wooden beams.

 

Step 6:

How to Build a Pergola

Repeat step 4 for attaching the second post.

 

Step 7:

How to Build a Pergola

Make sure that the roof is positioned perpendicular to the upright posts. Use a framing square or apply the 3-4-5 rule if you don't have a carpenter square on hand. 

With the 3-4-5 rule you should measure 60 cm from the inside of the corner and draw a small line at the edge of the post. Do the same for the pre-drilled beam of the roof but at 80 cm. Now measure the diagonal distance between the two marks. The distance should be exactly 100 cm to form a perfect 90 degree angle.

 

Step 8:

How to Build a Pergola

Position and pre-drill the wooden braces in each corner.

 

Step 9:

 

How to Build a Pergola

Secure the wooden braces with 5 x 80 mm screws as shown in the image.

 

Step 10:

How to Build a Pergola

Once the braces are securely fastened, you can quarter turn the pergola in order to fasten the third post.

 

Step 11:

How to Build a Pergola

Secure the post and braces as described earlier.

 

Step 12:

How to Build a Pergola

Quarter turn the pergola once again to secure the last post.

 

Step 13:

 

How to Build a Pergola

Secure the last two braces.

 

Step 14:

How to Build a Pergola

Once the wooden construction of the pergola is assembled you may slide the bamboo sticks through the predrilled holes in the roof.

 

Step 15:

 

How to Build a Pergola

The bamboo canes will stick out 14,5 cm from the roof frame at both sides. Make sure the bamboo sticks are nicely aligned and secure them with 4 x 40 mm screws.

 

Step 16:

 

How to Build a Pergola

Place the pergola upright, and that's it: ready!

Optionally, you could attach post holders to the posts of the wooden pergola or dig the posts into the ground.

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