Arbour Pergola

Tools and Materials List

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You have the plans for your lovely arbour pergola or arch.

Now, here's a list of all the tools and materials that you will need to build it from your downloaded plans.

You can find all of the items here.

Just click on the link and enter the item name in the search box.

Several options may be listed. Choose any that are within your budget.

If you can afford DeWalt, Makita or Hitachi, go for those - DeWalt being the best.

Look in their Clearance section, where they have items listed that are not available through their other pages, as you can get some great bargains here, e.g drill bit sets and tubs of decking screws.


  • Tape measure
  • Step ladder
  • Work bench
  • Post level
  • Spirit level
  • Mallet
  • Hand saw
  • Builder's square
  • Sledgehammer
  • Chisel
  • Drill (corded or cordless)
  • Drill bit set (2mm and 8mm bits)
  • Spanner
  • String
  • Metal or wooden pegs
  • Pencil


  • Extension reel
  • RCD safety plug
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Jigsaw (for curved rafter tails
  • Screwdriver set
  • Line marker paint


  • 4(3"x3") square posts = (75mmx75mm)
  • 4 (6'x2') trellis panels or your own choice(optional)
  • 1 trellis panel for the back (optional)
  • 3 (4"x1") rafters x 3.6m lengths
  • 4 spiked post anchors
  • Post anchor driving tool
  • Decking screws - 4mm x 65mm
  • 4 coach bolts -M8 x 130mm
  • Washers M8
  • Clear preservative


  • Wood stain/colour
  • Coloured wood preservative

If you don't already have the step-by-step plans, you can find out more about them here...

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