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My Hoa is run by the Little Colonel, and wont let me have a pergola over my deck. I need to build a table for my Big Green Eggs anyway. im looking at doing a 12'x32" table i was going to use 3x 8x8x8 and build a cantilevered pergola with 3 foot on the back side and 9 foot on the other side.

What wood would you guys consider for this. First person that says teak Gets shot.

The HOA doesnt have a restriction on furniture so as long as its not permanent no permission required.

Pergola would be something like this but 3 uprights and a table build into it.

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My wood choices would be Western Red cedar which is in the picture I think and Cypress. I think the cedar will outlast the cypress but the cypress is a good second choice. Mounted to a table may not be a big enough anchor for your construction.

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I made my table for my Big Green Egg in 1995 out of teak.

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I used 2" brass screws .

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5 hours ago, curlyoak said:

My wood choices would be Western Red cedar which is in the picture I think and Cypress. I think the cedar will outlast the cypress but the cypress is a good second choice. Mounted to a table may not be a big enough anchor for your construction.

Of after i show the HOA its a table. im going to bolt it do the Deck =)

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Put a planter at each end. The dirt will act as a counterweight and some vines would provide shade. I would build the pergola out of red cedar.

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Another vote for WRC, mostly because is is very light. That will be a huge benefit for that cantilevered design.

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Thankfully Thomas Lumber is here local to me about 10 minutes away.

looks like they have everything i need lumber estimate is about $1200 for this table.

 

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Just now, wdwerker said:

You could make those 8 x 8 posts hollow to reduce the weight. 

They are going to have a lot of Torque on them from the pergola, my S.W.A.G engineering degree says i shouldnt.

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4 - 2x6 should be plenty strong I would guess.  I was just thinking about the weight of those 8x8 posts on top of a deck up on metal posts 9 or 10 ft high. 

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You could either rip or joint one edge and rabbet or plane the inside face to get rid of any rounded corners then a bead of exterior construction adhesive . Stainless nails or trim screws. So there would only be one seam on each face.

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I agree on the hollow 8x8. The center of a post offers very little strength, which is one reason why hollow structural steel members are hollow. My main concern would be with tipping over.  To make it a bit more stable i'd consider putting some feet on it until you appease the hoa and can bolt it down.

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This guy does a lot of cool structural bent lamination work (curved LVL), and his channel is full of useful shots of how he puts them together. My favorite bit is that he builds forms on a work table by simply screwing blocks down and then bending the strips around the blocks. I believe he uses larch (and is in eastern europe) but cedar or similar ought to work for a similar approach I'd imagine.

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Interesting topic. i am looking at building one, but I want my roof covered (for rainy days). At what point do you need a city permit do build one of these?

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1 hour ago, Cygnus A said:

Interesting topic. i am looking at building one, but I want my roof covered (for rainy days). At what point do you need a city permit do build one of these?

Pretty much if its a Structure thats permanent. Otherwise its just furniture. Unless your hoa has a furniture ordinance.

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