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Pergola for outdoor entertaining

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This stunning Jarrah pergola transformed a side yard into a stylish outdoor entertaining area.





The project


I decided to give an arbour a crack in a bid to build a more enjoyable outdoor entertainment area.


At first I was going to get a metal gazebo built but my wife convinced me that an arbour would be better.


I started with a bunch of green cut Jarrah and proceeded to clean it all up using mostly Makita tooling purchased at my local Bunnings.








I jigsawed and chiselled out the slot notches and applied Cabot's New Timber Prep and Jarrah Aquadeck decking oil.




The main support posts are square 130mm x 130mm. I cemented them in approximately 800mm below the pavers, with approximately 2400mm above ground.




The rafters and the two horizontal beams Dynabolted bolted into the side of the house are all 200mm x 50mm. The rafters are 3200mm long and the horizontal beams roughly 3500mm long. 


Tip: measure and pre-drill before inserting so you don't have to physically hold heavy Jarrah beams in place while drilling pilot holes, etc.


My friendly neighbours helped me lift the beams into place.




The last of the cross-beams going up with help from neighbours (thanks boys!).




I installed some festoon lights as well to give it a special effect at night.


This is easily the biggest home handyman project I've ever attempted and I'm stoked with the results. It looks brilliant and the Jarrah decking oil has grown on me after early reservations. Now I just need to convince the wife to build a deck to really make this area come alive.


More inspiration for your outdoor areas


Bunnings Workshop member tom_builds made this brilliant covered patio with low-level deck




Workshop member CourtyardMaker built this ingenious Merbau panel courtyard storage unit.




Workshop member AndrewLee recycled crate and pallet timber to make practical screening for outdoor entertaining areas.




For more great ideas check out our Top 10 most popular outdoor projects


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