Simple gazebo plans

This step by step diy project is about simple gazebo plans. If you want to build a learn more about building a simple square gazebo with a pergola roof, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams and build the structure, even if you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking. Take a look over the rest of the projects, to see more alternatives and design ideas.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the diy gazebo. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.

 

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Building a simple gazebo

Building a simple gazebo

Building a simple gazebo

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long, 4 pieces – 117″ long JOISTS
  • A – 21 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long FLOOR
  • B – 7 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long POSTS
  • C – 24 piece of 2×10 lumber – 141″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
  • D – 13 piece of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long SHADE ELEMENTS
  • E – 9 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 132″ long SLATS
  • F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 117″ long, 2 pieces – 120″ long, 4 pieces – 39 3/4″ long RAIL CLEATS
  • G – 39 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long BALUSTERS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

 

The first step of the project is to build the frame of the floor. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to cut both ends of the 2×6 beams at 45 degrees. Align the edges with great care, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to create rigid joints. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.

 

Fitting the joists

Fitting the joists

 

The next step of the project is to install the intermediary joists to the frame of the floor. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to place the 2×6 joists equally-spaced. Align everything with attention, to make sure the corners are square.

 

Fitting the joist hangers

Fitting the joist hangers

 

Using joist hangers will make installing the joints easy and add strength to the whole structure.

 

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

 

Continue the project by fitting the 4×4 posts to the frame of the floor. Align the components with great care and plumb them using a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the beams and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the posts. Alternatively, you could use lag bolts.

 

Fitting the decking boards

Fitting the decking boards

 

Next, you need to attach the 2×6 decking boards to the floor of the square gazebo. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to leave 1/4″ between the decking boards. Smooth the ends of the decking boards and secure them to the joists with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Make sure the head of the screws is at the same level with the surface of the boards.

 

Attaching the decking

Attaching the decking

 

As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut out the decking boards to fit around the 4×4 posts. If you want to enhance the rigidity of the floor, we recommend you to install 2×2 cleats to the posts, just under the boards.

 

Building the support beams

Building the support beams

 

Next, you have to build the support beams for the simple gazebo. As you can easily notice in the diagram, use 2×10 lumber to build the beams. Cut both ends of the beams in a decorative manner, using a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

 

Building the support beams

Building the support beams

 

Attach the support beams to the top of the wooden posts. Align everything with attention and clamp the beams to the posts tightly. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts, before inserting 7″ carriage bolts. Lock everything tightly and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Building the shade elements

Building the shade elements

 

The next step of the diy square gazebo project is to build the shade elements. Use 2×6 lumber to build the shade elements. Make notches to the components, as to fit easily into place. Use a circular saw to make several cuts inside the marked areas and a chisel to remove the excess material.

 

Cutting decorative ends

Cutting decorative ends

 

Use the information in the diagram to cut both ends of the shade elements in a decorative manner. Use a jigsaw to make the curved cuts.

 

Fitting the top beams

Fitting the top beams

 

Place the shade elements to the support beams, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 4 1/2″ screws into the support beams. Make sure you leave no gaps between the components, if you want to get a professional result.

 

Fitting the side cleats

Fitting the side cleats

 

Next, you need to build the railings for the garden gazebo. Therefore, use 2×4 lumber to build the cleats. Cut the components at the right size and secure them to the posts using 2 1/2″ screws. Pre-drill the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

Fitting the front cleats

Fitting the front cleats

 

Continue the project by fitting the cleats to the front face of the gazebo. Make sure the cleats are perfectly horizontal.

 

Fitting the back cleats

Fitting the back cleats

 

Next, install the cleats to the back of the structure, as described in the diagram.

 

Fitting the side balusters

Fitting the side balusters

 

Use 2×2 lumber to build the balusters. If you want to enhance the look of the railings, we recommend you to cut the top of the balusters at 45 degrees. Drill pilot holes through the balusters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the cleats.

 

Fitting the balusters to the front face

Fitting the balusters to the front face

 

Fit the balusters to the front face of the gazebo, as described in the diagram. Place the balusters equally-spaced, if you want to get a professional result.

 

Fitting the balusters to the back face

Fitting the balusters to the back face

 

Use the techniques described above to build the back baluster of the gazebo.

 

Fitting the top slats

Fitting the top slats

 

In order to keep the shade elements equally-spaced and to enhance the rigidity of the roof, we recommend you to fit 2×2 slats to the top rafters. Make sure you drill pilot holes before inserting the 2 1/2″ screws.

 

Simple gazebo plans

Simple gazebo plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the outdoor plans featured on our website.

 

 

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