Step 3: Assemble 2x8 beams

Step 3: Assemble three 2x8 beams «»
Assemble the three pairs of double 2x8 beams before lifting them onto the top of the posts. For each pair, cut two 7½-inch-square pieces of ½-inch-thick pressure-treated plywood. Screw the plywood plates to the bottom edge of two 2x8s with galvanized decking screws. Carefully position the plywood plates so they align with the posts.
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    Tools List

    • bit auger
      Auger bit
    • drill
      Drill
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • finish hammer
      Hammer
    • router
      Router

    Shopping List

    1. 8x8 POSTS

    6 required



    2. 2x8 CROSS BEAMS

    6 required



    3. 2x6 RAFTERS

    7 required



    4. 1x2 LATTICE STRIPS

    9 required



    5. 1x3 TRIM

    applied around tops of each post



    6. 3/4-INCH-DIAMETER X 42-INCH-LONG GALVANIZED-METAL PIPE

    used to hold posts in place



    7. PRIMER AND PAINT OR STAIN

    8. 2- AND 3-INCH DECKING SCREWS

    9. CONCRETE MIX

    for creating poured-concrete footings



    10. 2 1/2-INCH GALVANIZED FINISHING NAILS

    used to attach 1x3 trim to posts



    11. WOOD PRESERVATIVE

    used to treat the ends of the posts



    12. 1/2-INCH PRESSURE-TREATED PLYWOOD

    cut into 7 [FRACTION 1/2]-inch-square fastening plates