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Is it a kit? What’s the cost? How do I…?

By |2017-05-20T00:49:43-06:00July 20th, 2015|Pergola Kits, Technical, Timber Arbors, Timber Pergolas|

A 30′ x 40′ ShadeScape™ solid wood timber frame pergola kit featuring Classic knee braces, Crescent beam end profiles and finished in an premium high-grade UV protective Rich Cordoba timber stain. "I really like the 30′ x 40′ Western Timber Frame pergola." "
Does it come as a kit?" "
How would I go about building it?" "What is the approximate cost?
"                                               — Fred As these questions are general queries were are often asked, I am republishing David’s reply here. First, I would like to add, that most our kits are considered "custom" but we still follow a standardized method for design. This allows us to maintain quality control and to maintain our unique styles and branding and maintain better pricing. Thanks again, Fred for your inquiries. Hey Fred, Yes, all of our timber pergolas, pavilions and gazebos are permanent outdoor shade structures, available as kits. Each kit has [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Fasten Beams & Level 7/12

By |2017-05-23T13:54:43-06:00January 14th, 2015|Technical|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Setting the Posts & Beams 6/12 We will put a bolt through once all four corners are done then we will be ready to lay up and get all the posts leveled. We then attach some temporary 2 x 4’s attached to the upper beam and we have it all lined up as in this example pictured right. The attached 2 x 4’s are only temporary from the upper beam on down and it helps to get it all lined up. Make sure all the posts are plumb, square and level. With that leveled we just check out the bottom. Continue to: How to Install a DIY Timber Framed Pergola Kit; Other Notes 12/12 How to Install a Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Time Lapse Installation 1/12 How to Install a Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Getting Started 2/12 How to [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Setting the Posts & Beams 6/12

By |2017-05-23T13:59:05-06:00January 14th, 2015|Technical|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Prep for Posts 5/12 You can see now the post is just sitting over the knife plate itself and then you don’t see the knife plate. Here you can see the final post going up. We have made sure everything is drilled and ready to go and it just drops right over the knife plate. We then lift the post up, over and they just lock down in with the dovetail. Mouseover the above illustration to see Western Timber Frame's The Dovetail Difference™ slide down for easy assembly. This massive mortised dovetail joint connection system we call “The Dovetail Difference™” throughout our timber construction process creating very strong, rigid joints. On the test pictured above it didn’t give until it hit over 11,000 lbs.!!! Once your posts and beam end extensions are up just take a rubber mallet and [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Touch Up 10/12

By |2017-05-23T14:00:16-06:00January 14th, 2015|Technical|

Continued from: DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Setting Roof Rafters & Shade Planks 9/12 Here once the roof is on we do a little bit of the touch up. And for any of the nicks, any of the markings that happen during installation that might need some additional touch up. Just keep in mind that it is normal if it ends up taking forty-five minutes to an an hour and a half to just walk through and touch up to make it nice and neat again. We have it touched up, stained everything is completed. You can walk underneath it and notice that you do not see any lags, bolts, hangers, hardware in the roof. Everything is done from above. You have got that beautiful wood to wood connection on all pieces. You can see how tight these joints are with the dovetail. As the wood expands and contracts since [...]

DIY Timber Framed Pergola Kit; Setting Roof Rafters & Shade Planks 9/12

By |2017-01-09T08:10:40-07:00January 14th, 2015|Technical|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Framed Pergola Kit; Setting the Knee Braces 8/12 Once we get the rafters set, right now they are just laying down, and we want to make sure that you have got the lay out. So you have the layouts on the end here. And then we have made a mark here, to where is slides over flush to this beam. On this one here we are going fourteen inches past, yours may be twelve. We’ve just got a layout mark we’ve got there and then it sits right down in this notch and then we just do two toe nail screws in. That’s going to hold the bottom. See there it is sitting down in that notch layout. The layout notch is going to help reduce the bottom of it from twisting out. And then the top we are going to have [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Prep for Posts 5/12

By |2017-05-23T14:01:29-06:00January 14th, 2015|Technical|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Knife Plate Layout 4/12 Now we have got our posts laid out here and out map complete. We’ve drawn up here is the house. The critical post is number 4 because it’s got power drilled through it. So that is one we want to watch. So we have numbered them, one, two, three, four. This here was the highest post. And so we started with that one and you can see that we just minus an eighth off of each additional post. The 42 7/8 is considered 0. Then we just minus 1/8th per post around. We have already marked out our posts here. We have come down and then one is going to be set at nine feet. And then the next post, too, we will just minus an 1/8th off of it. You can see a faint [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Knife Plate Layout 4of12

By |2017-05-23T14:12:51-06:00January 14th, 2015|Pergola Kits, Technical, Timber Pergolas|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Framed Pergola Kit; Square Up Posts 3/12 Once you get your post layout marked like I marked out. This is going to be for an eight inch post so I would mark out eight inches all the way around so that your inside and outside of the posts are marked out. Then we would take the steel and in some cases, aluminum knife plate, These ones are 100% aluminum and is typically what we use. In some cases we will need to use the structural steel. You will end up just centering it in the post layout mark. Then you can begin to mark for your posts here and eventually put your two red heads, concrete bolts either kitty corner or in a case like this, I would put them here and here.so we are not doing it on the corner of [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Square Up Posts 3of12

By |2017-05-23T14:13:36-06:00January 14th, 2015|Pergola Kits, Technical, Timber Pergolas|

Continued from: How to Install a Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Getting Started 2/12. Right now we are going to square up this concrete patio, measure the pad. It’s just over ten feet. From our post to post it is going to be 9’ 10“ outside to outside. So it’s going to come in about and 1 3/4” from each side. Make our marks here and then square up our patio there. Once we get a couple of little marks we use a little PLS laser that will shoot a 90 degree or you can just do the math with the three, four, five method; A square plus B square equals C squared. The 3, 4, 5 method means to measure three inched from the corner and make a mark. Then on the opposite side from the corner, measure four inches and then make another mark. Next, measure between the two [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Framed Pergola Kit; Setting the Knee Braces 8/12

By |2017-05-24T10:52:48-06:00January 14th, 2015|Pergola Kits, Technical, Timber Pergolas|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Framed Pergola Kit; Fasten Beams & Level 7/12 We are ready to put the knee braces up. We have a three inch tack screw that we use to tack it on initially. We will center it up on the post there and just put the three inch tack screw in. That is just going to really hold it in place until we are ready to put the lag in through the bigger holes and then we have plugs for there as well. Once all the knee braces are tacked and we got the lags and we have got them plugged then we can take off the temporary braces here. Now that all the knee braces are tacked on here we will go ahead and lag then and make sure these knee braces are square and straight. If your kit has been [...]

How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Attached Pergola 11of12

By |2017-05-24T06:56:09-06:00January 14th, 2015|Pergola Kits, Technical, Timber Pergolas|

Continued from: How to Install a DIY Timber Frame Pergola Kit; Touch Up 10/12 We have determined where the posts are going to sit. One thing to verify and make sure before you fasten the knife plates down double check the bottom of the posts and make sure that the knife plate is in directional depending on the pre-cut slot on the bottom of the posts. On this particular pergola kit we only have the dovetail notching on two sides of the because it is an attached kit. Sometimes the kit will have the dovetail on all four sides. Since this one only has the dovetail on two sides, we will come down and look at the bottom. On this kit it is not cut yet. Your kit may be cut or it may not be so just double check, sometimes they will have a pre-cut slot straight across here [...]