This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build picnic shelter railings. This is PART 3 of the picnic shelter project, where I show you how to build the railings. Moreover, we recommend you to adjust the height and the design of the balusters as to fit the rest of the constructions on your property. Countersink the head of the screws and fill the holes with wood putty.
We strongly recommend you to build the components for the railings of the octagonal gazebo from quality materials, such as redwood, cedar or pine. Make sure you take accurate measurements and use a sharp saw to cut the components, otherwise they won’t lock together properly. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Building gazebo railing
Cut & Shopping Lists
- G – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 87 3/4″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 87 3/4″ long, 19 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 28″ long 4xRAILS
- G – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72 3/4″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 72 3/4″ long, 16 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 28″ long 4xRAILS
- 36 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 10′
- 16 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 16 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- Part 1: 16×20 Picnic Shelter Plans
- Part 2: 16×20 Picnic Shelter Roof Plans
- Part 3: 16×20 Picnic Shelter Railings
How to Build Gazebo Railings
Use 2×6 lumber for the top and bottom rails. Use 2×2 lumber for the cleats and 1×4 lumber for the slats. Use a wood block to create even gaps between the slats. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the rails.
Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the 1×4 slats to the cleats
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×6 rails and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the posts. Use a spirit level to make sure the railings are horizontal.
Last but not least, you have to take care of the final touches. Check if the components are locked together tightly and if the screws are at the same level with the wooden surface.
Top Tip: Fill the holes with wood putty and sand the surface with medium-grit sandpaper, along the wood grain. Cover the wooden components with paint, in order to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the gazebo.
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