14×16 Pavilion – Free DIY Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a 14×16 pavilion – free diy plans. This medium sized pavilion is easy to build, budget friendly and it will be a perfect place for relaxation. The gable roof adds a rustic look to the project and the railings create a cozy atmpsphere. Follow the building codes and hire a professional contractor if you don’t have the right skills to undertake the project on your own.

I recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pressure-treated lumber, pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

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14×16 Pavilion – Free DIY Plans

Building a pavilion

Building a pavilion

 

Materials

  • A – 8 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 132″ long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 216″ long, 2 pieces – 168″ long TOP RAILS
  • C – 1 piece of 6×6 lumber – 216″ long, 2 pieces – 40 3/4″ long RIDGE BEAM
  • D – 16 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 36″ long BRACES

Tools

Tips

  • Add trims to the pavilion
  • Secure the roofing slats to the structure with galvanized screws

Time

  • One Week

 

 

How to build a 14×16 pavilion

Laying out the posts

Laying out the posts

The first step of the project is to layout the pavilion. Therefore, select the location for the pavilion and level the surface with attention. Make sure you remove the vegetation layer and even out the surface. Use batter boards and string to layout the location of the legs. Apply the 3-4-5 rule to each corners, so you make sure they are square. Measure the diagonals and make adjustments so they are equal. Make adjustments if necessary.

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

After marking the location of the posts, you need to dig 3′ deep holes in the ground, using a post hole digger. Install tube forms and fit the posts into place, making sure they are perfectly plumb. Secure the 6×6 posts with braces before filling the forms with concrete. Let the concrete dry out for a few days before removing the braces.

Smart Tip: Alternatively, you could use posts anchors. You need to secure the metal anchors into concrete, as to lock the wooden posts into place properly. Align everything with attention and with great care.
Beam Plates

Beam Plates

Use 6×6 lumber for the top plates. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to make notches to the beams, using a circular saw. Clean the recesses using a saw and a chisel. Smooth the recesses with sandpaper.

Fitting the beam plates

Fitting the beam plates

Fit the plates to the top of the pavilion and align the edges flush. Make sure the corners are square and drill pilot holes before locking everything together with 8″ screws. Use at least 2-3 screws for each joint for a professional result. Use a spirit level to make sure the plates are perfectly horizontal.

 

Ridge beam

Ridge beam

Use 6×6 lumber for the ridge beam. Use a saw to make decorative cuts to both ends of the beams and then mark the areas where will be the notches. Make parallel cuts inside the areas and then remove the excess with a chisel.

Fitting the ridge beam

Fitting the ridge beam

Fit the 6×6 supports to the front and back of the pavilion. Use a spirit level to plumb the supports and then make sure the corners are square. Use corner brackets to secure the supports into place tightly. Next, fit the ridge beam to the supports. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention.

Fitting the braces

Fitting the braces

Use 6×6 lumber for the braces. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and then fit them to the structure, as shown in the diagram. Use 4 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place tightly. These braces will add support to the structure and the pavilion frame will be really sturdy.

14x16 Pavilion Plans - Side view

14×16 Pavilion Plans – Side view

Check out PART 2 of the plans, so you see how to build the gable roof for this compact garden pavilion. Check out PART 3 of the plans, so you learn how to build the railings.

14x16 Pavilion Plans

14×16 Pavilion Plans

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Make sure you choose quality components that suit your needs and tastes. 

 

 

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