This step by step diy project is about front door canopy plans. I have designed this super simple canopy that you can use to enhance the look of any front door. With just a few 4x4s and 2x4s, you can make this beautiful canopy. This is a basic project that anyone can built in one weekend, so don’t be intimidated if you have little experience with DIY projects. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
Projects made from these plans
Door Canopy Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/2″ long CORBELS
- B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 28 1/2 ” long BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 48″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 13″ long, 1 piece – 23″ long RIDGE
- E – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 38″ long RAFTERS
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 10′
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 6′
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws
- 4 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ long
- 7″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
Door Canopy Plans – Video
How to build a V shaped planter
Use 4×4 lumber for the back support. Mark the lines on the beams and then use a jigsaw to make the cuts. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Use 4×4 lumber for the top support for the corbels. Mark the cut lines to the beam and then get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Drill pocket holes through the top support, on both faces (set the jig for 2x4s). Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the frame of the corbel.
Use 4×4 lumber for the braces. Make 45 degree cuts at both ends of the braces. In addition, make a curved cut on the brace and then fit it to the corbel. Drill pilot holes through the brace and insert 4 1/2″ screws to lock it into place.
After building the two side supports for the door canopy, you have to attach them to the house. Use a spirit level to plumb the corbels and align everything properly. Drill pilot holes through the back supports and then insert 7″ screws to secure them to the house framing.
Use 4×4 lumber for the supports that go perpendicular on the corbels. Drill pocket holes on both faces of the supports. Fit the components to the canopy and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the corbels.
Use 2×2 lumber for the ridge beam. Drill pilot holes and assemble everything with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the supports are centered to the canopy and check if the corners are right-angled.
Use 2×4 for the rafters. Use a miter saw to make the 30 degree cuts at both ends. In addition, use a circular saw to make the notches to the rafters, so they can fit into place tightly.
Fit the rafters to the top of the canopy, equally spaced. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to secure the rafters to the framing.
Use 2×2 lumber for the trims. Use a miter saw to make the cuts at both ends of the trims.
Fit the trims to the canopy, as shown in the diagram.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the pergola and to protect the components from the elements.
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