Outdoor Pavilion Plans

Julian March 1, 2013 Comments Off

 

This step by step diy project is about outdoor pavilion plans. Building a rectangular pavilion is a great project for your backyard. The best part of the woodworking project is that you can get the job done by yourself and keep the costs under control, if you follow the right plans and techniques. Working with attention is important, but adjusting the size and the design of the outdoor pavilion is essential.

We recommend you to choose quality materials, if you want to build the pavilion in a professional manner. Always align the components at both ends and drill pilot holes before inserting the galvanized screws. Moreover, we recommend you to add waterproof glue to the joints, in case you want to increase the bond of the structure. Fill the holes with wood putty, smooth the surface with sandpaper and apply several coats of paint.

  • A – 10 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 96” long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 6×6 – 120″ long, 2 pieces – 240″ long TOP RAILS
  • C – 22 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 97 1/4″ long RAFTERS
  • D – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 53 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 240″ long TOP RIDGE
  • E – 48 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 240″ long ROOFING
  • F – 2 piece of 1×6 lumber – 240″ long TRIMS
  • G – 8 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long, 8 pieces – 51 3/4″, 8 pieces – 72 3/4″ RAILINGS 

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square

 Power mixer, Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

 One weekend

 

Building an outdoor pavilion

Building an outdoor pavilion

Building an outdoor pavilion

 

Top Tip: Building a large outdoor pavilion doesn’t have to be a costly and complex project. On the contrary, any person with basic woodworking skills can get the job done, if the right plans and techniques are used.

 

Outdoor pavilion plans

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

First of all, you need to install the into place. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to dig 2-3′ deep holes and pour concrete footings. If you don’t want to set the posts into concrete, you could use metal anchors.

After plumbing the wooden posts, we recommend you to secure them temporarily with braces. Work with attention and with great care, making sure you space the posts as in the free plans.

Installing the top rails

Installing the top rails

The next step of the woodworking project is to install the top rails. As you can notice in the image, you need to use 6×6 lumber and long galvanized screws. Place a spirit level on top of the tails, to see if they are perfectly horizontal.

In addition, the corners should be right-angled, so check them with a carpentry square. Always align the components at both ends and drill pilot holes before inserting the screws.

Building the top rails

Building the top rails

 

Cut the both ends of the rails in a L-shape, as to fit together easily. In order to cut the notches, we recommend you to make several parallel cuts and to clean the recess with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes and insert several 6″ galvanized screws into the posts.

 

Installing the ridge board

Installing the ridge board

Next, you need to fit the ridge board. As you can notice in the plans, we recommend you to use 6×6 lumber. After cutting the component at the right size, we recommend you to plumb them and to install them into place with corner brackets and screws.

Top Tip: If the pavilion is very long, you might want to fit braces (cut the both ends of the supports at 45º) or a middle posts. Reinforce the joints with metal hardware.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Afterwards, you have to build the rafters for the outdoor pavilion. As you can notice in the image, you need to cut both ends of the rafters at 45º, by using a circular saw with a sharp blade.

In addition, you have to cut small notches inside the rafters, otherwise they won’t fit into place easily. Make sure you take accurate measurements, otherwise the components might not fit into place easily.

Attaching the rafters

Attaching the rafters

 

Attach the rafters into place, as in the image. As you can easily notice, you need to place the rafters equally spaced, leaving between them about 22 1/2″. Secure one end of the rafters to the ridge board, while the other one should be locked to the top rails. Drill pilot holes before inserting the galvanized screws.

 

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

 

You can see the roof structure from another angle. Make sure everything is aligned at both ends and properly secured into place. Work with attention and with good judgement.

 

 

Installing the roofing slats

Installing the roofing slats

The next step of the woodworking project is to install the roofing boards. As you can notice in the image, we recommend you to cover the structure with 1×6 lumber, after covering them with several coats of protective paint.

Top Tip: The boards should overlap at least several inches, in order to protect the structure from water damage. Work with attention and with grate care, in order to get a neat appearance.

Attaching the trims

Attaching the trims

 

If you really want to add style to the the wooden construction, we recommend you to attach 1×6 trims to the ends of the rafters.

After aligning the trims, you need to secure them into place with 1 1/4″ finishing nails.

 

Outdoor pavilion plans

Outdoor pavilion plans

Afterwards, you have to fill the gaps and the holes with a good wood putty. Let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the whole wooden components, along the wood grain, with 120-grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: Apply several coats of wood stain, in order to enhance the look of the outdoor pavilions. Use 4×4 lumber to build simple railings, as in the plans.

 

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