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
- 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
- 8 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 14′
- 3 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 18′
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 6′
- concrete form tube
- 8 post anchors
- 8″ screws, 4 1/2″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Add trims to the pavilion
- Secure the roofing slats to the structure with galvanized screws
- One Week
How to build a 14×16 pavilion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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