Ends of the upper cross beams the nodes are sealed
I did a simple 1/2 inch oak dowel so the poles could swivel
From the inside the crossbeams really makes it seem like a structure now
The center beam has a 3' overhang
The outside corner and middles are all pinned with dowels
8" oak dowels works for the size of bamboo I'm using. The manila ropes are just temporary until I get better ropes.
Once all the corners and ends were tied the whole structure became rigid
I put our teak outdoor set inside and had dinner outside the other night. Tiki torches and candles worked great, we already love it.
Walls are next
Backyard November 19th, 2011