This step by step diy project is about how to make gazebo screens. After building the 12×12 gazebo, you need to get the job done by fitting the rafters. In addition, if you want to keep the mosquitoes out of the gazebo, you have to assemble screens and lock them into place. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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How To Make Gazebo Screens
- B – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long RIDGE PLATE
- G – 14 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long RAFTERS
- H – 2 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 46″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 46″x96″ long ROOF
- I – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 37″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x51″ long GABLE ENDS
- J – 200 sq ft of tar paper, 200 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- K – 16 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 80 1/2″ long, 12 pieces – 70 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 67 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 49 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 46 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 75″ long, 2 pieces – 42 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 39 1/4″ long SCREENS
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 12′
- 14 piece of of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 3 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 12′
- 40 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 6″ lag screws
- fiberglass screen mesh
- 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- rafter ties
- 500 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws
- 200 sq fr of tar paper, asphalt shingles
- 2″ brad nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
- PART 1: Screened gazebo plans
- PART 2: How to make gazebo screens
Gazebo Screens Plans
After assembling the frame of the 12×12 gazebo, you need to attach the 4×4 top ridge to the middle posts. As you can notice in the plans you need to center the top ridge into place. Drill pilot holed and insert 6″ lag screws, so you secure it into place properly.
Build the rafters from 2×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make 30 degree cuts at both ends of the beams. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Make a notch to the top of the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the rafters and get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
In addition, you need to make a notch to the bottom of the rafters, so you cam fit them to the top plates in a professional manner. These bird’s mouth are easy to make if you take accurate measurements.
Fit the rafters to the top of the gazebo and place them equally-spaced. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and secure them to the ridge plate and to the top plates with screws. In addition, it would be a great idea to use rafter ties. Place the rafters every 24″ on center, for a professional result.
Fit 1×6 trims to the ends of the rafters. Align the edges with attention and secure the trims into place with 2″ brad nails.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood panels to the top of the roof. Start the installation from the bottom left side of the roof and go up to the top. Leave no gaps between the sheets and secure them to the rafters with 1 5/8″ screws.
Next, you need to attach the gable ends to the 12×12 gazebo. You can use 3/4″ plywood or 5/8″ siding to make the gable ends for the gazebo. Take accurate measurements and secure the panel into place with 1 5/8″ screws.
Install the roofing felt, starting from the bottom left of the roof. Secure the paper to the roofing, using a stapler. Make sure the tar paper overlaps at least 2”. Don’t forget to cover the top ridge with a 14” strip of paper .
Start the first course of shingles with a full tab, the second with 2 1/2 tabs, the third with 2 tabs, the forth with 1 1/2 tabs, the fifth with 1 tab, the sixth with half tab and the seventh with a 3 tabs.
Now that you have assembled the 12×12 square gazebo, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Even out the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain to enhance the look of the gazebo and to protect the components from the elements.
Fit a 1×6 slat to the top of the door opening. Drill pocket holes at both ends and secure it to the posts with 1 1/4″ screws.
The next step of the project is to assemble the screens for the exterior of the gazebo. Build the frames from 1×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes and use 1 1/4″ screws to assemble the frames. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Next, staple fiberglass screen mesh to the frames.
The left frames are for the front of the gazebo. The middle frame is the door and the right frames are the ones for the sides and for the back of the gazebo.
As you can see in the diagram, you need to make pocket holes so you can assemble the frame of the screens together. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components, for a professional result.
Last but not least, you need to attach the screens to the exterior of the gazebo. Use screws or nails to secure the frame into place. In addition, secure the door into place with hinges, so you can open and close it easily.
This gazebo will look great neat a pond or a lake, as the screens will ensure optimum protection against insects. Moreover, you can easily adjust the size of the gazebo to suit your needs. If you want to learn how to make a wooden gazebo, read carefully the instructions shown in this project and pay attention to the diagrams.
Remember that you need to take a look over PART 1 of the project, so you learn how to build the frame of the 12×12 gazebo. If you enjoyed this project you should also check the rest of the gazebo plans on MyOutdoorPlans, for even more building inspiration.
This woodworking project was about how to make gazebo screens. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.