The pergola is now done-after installing the kneebraces, the joists were considerably easier. I installed 8 12′ 2×6 joists with a 45 degree cut on the West facing end on 16″ centers. I used what I would call a modified bridle joint to set the joists on the beams and then secured them with two screws on either end.
For the cross pieces I ripped the remaining 2×6’s into 12′ 2x2s and installed 11 of them on 9 1/2″ centers and added a 45 degree cut to both ends. They were a little wonky to begin with so they don’t look perfectly straight from above but they are secure.
My favorite view-from the chaise lounge:
And of course we hung the obligatory paper lanterns to finish it off. What I’m really looking forward to is our first “drive-in” movie night with the screen and projector. I’m thinking Star Wars: Episode IV.