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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- 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
- 12 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 10′
- 3 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 20′
- 22 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 50 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 10′
- 16 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- post anchors
- 1000 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws screws/nails
- 100 pieces of 6″ screws
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
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.
Use the most suitable anchoring system for your needs. Make sure you use temporary braces to secure the posts while locking them into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts.
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.
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. The notches should be 2 3/4″ deep and 5 1/2″ wide.
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.
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.
Take accurate measurements before making the notches in 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.
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.
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. Use 2 1/2″ galvanized screws/nails.
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.
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 or screws.
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 6×6 lumber to build simple railings, as in the plans.
Build the side railings from 6×6 lumber. Alternatively, you could save money by using 4×4 beams. Drill pocket holes at both ends end secure them to the posts using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.
Build the railings for the front and back faces using the same techniques described above.
Alternatively, you could attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the roof and seal it with corrugated metal sheets. The finishing touches will breathe life into the pavilion, so make sure they reflect your personality and match the style of the property.
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