This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden gazebo roof plans. The project features detailed instructions for building a gable roof for the 12×12 square gazebo. If you are looking for easy to follow instructions and diagram for building a gazebo roof, this is the project to follow. Check out PART 1 of this project, to learn how to build the frame of the gazebo. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Wooden Gazebo Roof Plans
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- F – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 45″x72 3/4″ long GABLE ENDS
- F – 14 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 90″ long RAFTERS
- G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 40″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 40″x48″ long ROOF
- H – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 141″ long TRIMS
- I – 200 sq ft of tar paper, 200 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- J – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65 1/4″ long, 22 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 30″ long 6xRAILS
- 18 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 48 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 14 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 12′
- 10 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
- 200 sq ft of tar paper, 200 sq ft of asphalt shingles
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Building a simple gazebo roof
The first step of the project is to build the rafters from 2×6 lumber. Cut both ends of the rafters at 60 degrees, as shown in the plans.
Make a notch to the bottom of the rafters, so that they can fit to the support beams properly. Mark the cut lines and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Fit the rafters to the top of the gazebo. Make sure you place the rafters equally-spaced, for a professional result. Drill pilot holes and insert screws to lock the rafters to the frame.
Attach 1×6 trims to the end of the rafters. Use 1 5/8″ brad nails to lock the trims into place.
Build the gable ends from 3/4″ plywood. Cut the sheets at the right shape and size and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the sheets to the gable ends of the gazebo. Align the edges with attention and lock the into place with 1 5/8″ screws/nails. Leave no gaps between the sheets.
Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafters, using the pattern shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the rafters. Leave no gaps between the tongue and groove sheets.
Cover the roof of the shed with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a 12″ piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.
Building the railings for the gazebo if the next step of the project. First, you need to install the 2×4 cleats to the posts, as shown in the plans. Drill pocket holes at both ends and lock the cleats to the posts with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Attach the 2×2 balusters to the cleats, making sure you place them equally-spaced. Drill pilot holes and secure the balusters to the cleats using 2 1/2″ screws.
Last but not least, attach the 2×4 hand rails to the top of the components. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats into place. Make sure you countersink the head of the screws for a professional result.
The square gazebo has a simple design with minimalist accents.
Make sure the components are locked together tightly, before taking care of the finishing touches.
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 1 of the project, for complete gazebo frame plans.
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