It only took a year to make this porch swing pergola (arbor). Not a year to make it, but a year to finally get around to making it happen. Ever since we did the DIY picket fence, I’ve wanted to change out the old porch swing roof with a new pergola that matches the front gate arbor.
A tree fell on the roof years ago and damaged it. The frame will probably last for years and years.
I didn’t do much of this DIY, Rodney (my neighbor) dismantled the old pieces and did all the cutting and sanding of the boards while I was busy cleaning out the gutters on my home.
After he dismantled everything I got busy priming the existing brown base.
Rodney used the same pattern as he did for the arbor. He cut the ends and notches with a jigsaw. He chiseled out the notches, then cleaned them up.
We did a dry fit on the driveway and I was SHOCKED to see how large it was!
I primed and painted all of the pergola pieces. oops! I see a run in the paint.
After a few rainy days, it was time to put everything together. Rodney used 2×2’s on the metal support pieces on each end, securing them with wood screws.
It was so easy to put all the pieces in place after that, it was like a large jigsaw puzzle. You can see the front gate arbor in the lower portion of this photo.
The brown 2×2’s are the original frame, we used those to brace the tree limbs (dogwood tree) and hold them out of the way because I didn’t want to trim any of the branches. Rodney is in the background making one more support piece that will run atop the cross support because the 2×6’s could use a little more support. Rodney was the brains behind this, but I’m wondering (looking back at these pictures) why we (HE) didn’t rest the 2×6 on the metal brace. I’m sure he has a reason.
This is right after it was finished. Still to do—paint and freshen up the swing, clean the patio area, possibly hang 1 or 2 of the MANY wind chimes on the pergola. I love, love, love how the branches rest on top of the pergola now. I may or may not decide to put some sort of cover—I haven’t decided yet.
stay tuned. . . .