How to Build a Pergola

Get more shade with this low-maintenance retreat.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Extension cord
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Speed square
  • Straightedge
  • Tape measure
  • Stepladder
  • Tool belt
  • Combination square
  • Spade
  • Caulk gun
  • Putty knife
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Hole saw kit
  • Level
  • Posthole digger
  • Router
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver

See the Shopping List in Addendum