My Asian Style Pergola (Almost!)

by John Harford
(Crossgates, Leeds, UK)

Just about there

Just about there

I purchased the Asian Style Pergola plan from this web-site and it is well worth the money.

You do have to read it a few times to fully understand the construction but everything you need is there.

I used adjustable bolt down post supports purchased from Amazon, and these made it super easy to adjust the post height to make up for unevenness of the ground. I managed to do all the construction myself and without a number of quick release clamps it would have been difficult.

The only thing I struggled with were the curved rafters.

Firstly I was only able to source 9" wide planks, so the measurements in the plan had to be adapted and it wasn't particularly straightforward. When I came to cut the curves my jig saw just would not keep vertical and the cuts were terrible (although the carved tails I did were great). In the end I just used straight rafters , which although do not give the full Asian effect, I am still very happy with the result. Measuring and cutting the roof rafters is the most tricky bit and measure twice, cut once is a must!

All I have to now is source a better finial and fashion little wood surrounds for the base of the posts.

This was a really rewarding project and adds so much to our garden!

Hopefully as I get plants to grow up the pergola the effect will only be enhanced.

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by: Di

What a triumph, John! Your pergola looks absolutely amazing. I expect it makes a lot of difference to your corner.

It's really interesting for me to see the Asian plans, which were adapted from the corner pergola plans, and built with the straight rafters. It has given the corner pergola a subtle new look, particularly in the corner itself where the two central posts support the diagonal rafters. I like it very much.

The accessories look great, too.

Thank you for sending the pictures over! They are always amazing to see.

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