This step by step diy woodworking project is about wood gazebo plans. The project features detailed instructions for building a 12×12 gazebo with a simple design. If you are looking for easy to follow instructions and diagram for building a square gazebo with a simple appearance, this is the project to follow. Check out PART 2 of this project, to learn how to frame the roof. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
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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Wood gazebo plans
- A – 6 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 127″ long, 2 pieces – 168 1/2″ long POSTS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 141″ long, 2 pieces – 144″ long, 1 piece – 134″ long, 4 pieces – 66 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 65 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 69″ long, 6 pieces – 69 3/4″ long JOISTS
- C – 44 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long DECKING
- D – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 141″ long, 2 pieces – 144″ long TOP BEAMS
- E – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 141″ long TOP RIDGE
Building a 12×12 gazebo
The first step of the project is to layout the posts for the wood gazebo. Use batter boards and string to layout the posts. Measure the diagonals and adjust them until they are perfectly equal. Apply the 3-4-5 rule to each corner to make sure the corners are right-angled.
Build the posts from 4×4 lumber. Don’t forget that the posts must be set 24″ in concrete.
Set the posts into concrete for about 2-3′. Use a post hole digger to make the holes. Set tube forms into the holes and fit the posts into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts and lock them temporarily into place with braces. Fill the tube forms with concrete and let it dry out for several days.
Next, you need to attach the 2×6 beams to the base of the posts, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 4″ lag bolts to lock the beams to the posts. Use a spirit level to make sure the joists are horizontal.
Next, you need to attach the 2×6 middle joists to the floor of the gazebo. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Use metal connectors or toenail to the joists into place.
Fit the intermediate 2×6 joists to the floor of the gazebo. Place the joists equally-spaced and lock them into place with hangers.
Attach the 2×4 decking boards to the floor of the gazebo. Drill pilot holes and lock them into place with 3″ decking screws. Make sure you make notches so that the posts fit around the posts.
Attach the 2×6 beams to the top of the posts, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to make sure the beams are horizontal. Drill pilot holes and insert 3″ screws.
Use 4×4 lumber for the top ridge. Align the edges with attention and use corner connectors to lock it into place. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Make sure you take a look over PART 2 of the project, to learn how to frame the roof of the gazebo.
If you want, you can easily adjust the size of the gazebo to suit your needs. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with sandpaper. Cover the components with paint or stain to protect the components from decay and to enhance the look of the project.
Top Tip: Check out PART 2 of the project, for complete roof plans.
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