Pergola/Arbor/Seat


My wife is recovering from surgery and wanted a nice seat to gaze out over the harbour
The Lady of the House said that she would like a seat in the orchard to contemplate her navel! And being a good husband, with an unhealthy passion for powertools, I thought " I can do better than that"
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
I had a bunch of 4x4 (100mm x 100mm) poles that I bought eons ago for another project that never got done,
So using a circular saw I cut a recess at the top of 4 of them.
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
So I assembled 2 of the poles with some trellis using 50mm screws and dug a couple of holes with my post hole tool, I also added a horizontal upper from 40 x 100 decking to give the whole shebang some rigidity.
I then made sure it was all level and upright and concreted in with Postmix
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
I then cut a "bird lip" out of the upright for the seat back top runner, I was going to cut a second one lower for the bottom rail, but then thought better as it would weaken the post too much, so as I was very much "winging" this (making it up as I go along), I used the cut out "wedge instead as an infill to get my angle for the seat back.
Once both top and bottom horizontal were in I cut slats to fit for the back and attached with 50mm screws.
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
I used 2 pieces of trellis for the sides to get the correct position for the front poles assembly. These were attached using 75mm nails.
As I was doing this on my own ( as the wife has just had back surgery) some improvisation was called for. (Brute force and Ignorance always goes a long way in these situations!)
Once I had located one side, I could dig the second hole and square everything up.
Again all concreted in with Postmix
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
Then I put in 2 "fore and aft" pieces at each end to attach the seat slats using 75mm nails, then cut the seat base slats to length (1800 mm) and attached using 50mm screws.
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
I cut 13 x 1 metre lengths for the roof, cut off the corners and clamped together.
Then cut 2 slots as shown in each to fit (750mm apart)
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
pergola arbor seat, gardening, outdoor furniture, outdoor living
I spaced out the roof slats evenly and nailed in position using 75mm nails
Just need to stain it and plant something to grow over it and I'm done
About 6 hours all told between rain storms.

Suggested materials:

  • 4 x 100mm x 100mm 2.4 m posts
  • 40 x 100 smooth decking (lots!)
  • 75 mm Galv nails
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  • Karen Newman Priest
    on Jun 28, 2018

    Lovely, now to get my hubby to do something like this, your an awesome husband

  • Angie
    on Jul 1, 2018

    This turned out very nice. I'm sure your wife is very appreciative. Best wishes as she recovers from surgery. I think some cheery cushions and string lights strung above would be a nice addition.

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