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Apr
26
2016
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Project Details

Make your vacation, the staycation of a lifetime with the Staycation Pergola. This little beauty has plenty of room, privacy screens, and joists to hang fabric... and it will cost a fraction of that trip to the Bahamas! Make your favorite drink, let the wind blow throw your hair, and enjoy your masterpiece! 

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$1250-$1750
Dimensions
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build Staycation Pergola
Tools
Lumber
  • 24 – 1x6 at 12’
  • 2 – 2x2 at 10’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x10)
  • 38 – 2x2 at 12’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x12)
  • 2 – 2x4 at 10’
  • 20 – 2x4 at 12’
  • 8 – 6x6 at 12’
Materials
Cut List

2 – 6x6 at 144” – Side Beams
4 – 6x6 at 114-1/2” – Posts
2 – 6x6 at 133” – Front and Back Beams
2 – 2x4 at 130” – Side Deck Frames
1 – 2x4 at 144” – Front Deck Frame
1 – 2x4 at 138-1/2” – Back Deck Frame
8 – 2x4 at 130” – Deck Joists
24 – 1x6 at 133” – Deck Boards
1 – 2x4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #1
1 – 2x2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #2
1 – 2x4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #3
1 – 2x2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #4
76 – 2x2 at 66-1/2” – Slats
​8 – 2x4 at 133” – Ceiling Joists

Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Side Beam and Posts. Using the manufacturer’s recommendations, attach the End Column Caps to the Posts. Place the Side Beam on top of the Posts as shown – per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Complete this step twice, once for each side of the Pergola.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Front and Back Beams. Install as shown into the End Column Caps per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Front Deck Frame, Back Deck Frame, and Side Deck Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Deck Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that both ends of the Front Deck Frame and one end of the Back Deck Frame will overhang the Side Deck Frames by 5-1/2”. These overhanging ends will be attached to the Posts with 1/2” Lag Screws. Clamp the Deck Frame to the Post and drill two 5/16” pilot holes through the Deck Frame into the Post. Release the clamp and insert the Lag Screws. Repeat this process on the other two overlapping pieces of Deck Frame.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Deck Joists. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Deck Joists. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that the Deck Joists will be spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last one, which will be 8-1/4” from the Side Deck Frames.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Deck Boards. Attach to the Deck Frame and Deck Joists with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. Leave approximately a 1/8” gap between each Deck Board to allow for expansion. You may need to rip down the first and last Deck Boards for a perfect fit.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in one top ends of Slat Support #1 and #3.  

Position Support #1 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #1 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

 

 

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 7

Attach Support #2 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 8

Position Support #3 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #3 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 9

Attach Support #4 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position as shown and secure in place with glue and 2-1/2” Wood Screws. The Slats will be spaced 1-1/2” apart.   

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Step 11

Lastly, cut the pieces for the Ceiling Joists. Install the Joist Hangers per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Attach the Ceiling Joists to the Joist Hangers as shown, per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Note that the Ceiling Joists are spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last Ceiling Joists, which are 9-3/4” from the Side Beams.
 

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Outdoor 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Aug
19
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Chesapeake Daybed
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Chesapeake Daybed
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Chesapeake Daybed
May
18
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench

This bench really caught me eye. I had to make it!

Followed the plans except for the slight modifications I did. Instead of using 2x2's for the frame I used 1x2 poplar. I just kept adding frame pieces until I reached my desired width. Thanks for the plans!

Length of Time 

4 hours

Modifications 

Instead of using 2x2's I used 1x2's and just kept adding sections until I reached my desired width.

Lumber Used 

Poplar.

Finishing Technique 

Outdoor UV block clear.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench
May
05
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Project Details

A fabulous bench for the end of the bed, your entryway or even in the backyard for a little enjoyment of the great outdoors... Did I mention easy to build? This will be a bit like a puzzle and fun to piece together!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 2x3 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x2 at 8’  
  • 6 – 1x2 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x3 at 16-3/4” – Legs 
  • 2 – 2x3 at 16” – Bottoms              
  • 2 – 2x2 at 46” – Tops        
  • 4 – 1x2 at 3-7/8” – Ends   
  • 27 – 1x2 at 16” – Slats      
  • 52 – 1x2 at 3/4” – Spacers
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Legs. On the top edge, measure 1/4” and make a mark. From this point, mark and cut a 45-degree angle. Make a 45-degree angle cut (perpendicular to the 45-degree angle on the top of the Leg) on the bottom of the Leg. 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Bottoms. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Bottoms (on the longest side of the Bottom, which will face downward when assembled). Attach the Bottoms to the Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Tops. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Tops (on the longest side of the Top, which will face upward when assembled). Attach the Tops to the Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Ends. Cut only one end of each End piece at a 45-degree angle as shown. Attach the Ends to the Tops as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. See how the Ends hide those pocket holes? Nifty, huh?

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Slats and Spacers. Place the first Slat next to the End pieces, flush on each end with the Tops. Secure the Slat to the Ends with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, countersunk (brads will be nailed through the side of the Slat into the Ends). Next, position Spacers next to the Slat, one on each Top. Secure the Spacers to the Tops with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Repeat this step until the last Slat has been positioned on the other end, next to the End pieces. The best way to finish this piece is to have the Slats one color and the rest of the pieces another color – this will give the really cool effect of the Slats “cutting” into the Bench. 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Apr
16
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Project Details

The iconic bench, if ever there was one. Actually I can think of a few iconic benches, but this is certainly one of them! And believe me when I say this will be an easy build. No tricky cuts or fancy things, just cut and drill, then put together like a stacking tree for kiddos. 

To check out our hundreds of other free plans, visit our plan indexAs with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are perfect for beginners, others... not so much). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves!

Showcase: Built From These Plans

Estimated Cost
$25-$75
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 8 – 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 55” – Front and Back
  • 5 – 2x2 at 38” – Centers               
  • 8 – 2x2 at 10” – Ends                    
  • 18 – 2x2 at 19” – Stands    
Instructions

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut all the pieces for the Bench. At the end of each piece, drill a 1/2” hole that is centered 3/4” from each end. “Round out” each end by cutting the corners at a 3/4” radius. Drill additional 1/2” holes on noted pieces, centered. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 2

Lay down the Back piece. Insert the longer Threaded Rod into each hole and thread a Nut onto the back side of each Rod. Install the pieces as shown. The 1/2” drilled hole at the bottom of each Stand will take the shorter Threaded Rod.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 3

Continue to install pieces as shown. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 4

Keep installing!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 5

Install the Front piece. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 6

Finally, thread a Nut on the front of each Threaded Rod to secure everything into place.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Oct
21
2014

I modified the benches to make stools. They work great. The plans were very easy to follow and it looks awesome in the backyard...just in time for the winter, haha.

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 

About $60 for the stools and $50-60 for the table.

Length of Time 

Approx 3 days...took me longer because I couldnt do it all at one time. :)

Modifications 
Lumber Used 

White Pine

Finishing Technique 

Thompsons Waterseal

Additional Project Details 
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