Step by step projects about gazebo roof plans. Building a gazebo roof for your wooden structure is one of the last steps of the projects, so you should work with attention if you want to get a proper and durable result. Adjust the slope of the roof to your needs before starting the actual construction, taking into account the annually precipitations in your area. Always take accurate measurements and align the components before inserting the screws.
After building the frame of the garden gazebo, we recommend you to continue the project by fitting the rafters, the plywood sheets and the asphalt shingles. Building the roof for a square gazebo is a straight-forward job, if you have experience in working with lumber. Nevertheless, if you use the right plans for your needs, any person with basic woodworking skills can get the job done.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part 1: Garden Gazebo Plans
Part 2: Gazebo roof plans
Part 3: Gazebo railings plans
Building a gazebo roof
- 1 – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 141″, 2 pieces – 144″ PLATES
- 2 – 8 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 6” KING POST
- 3 – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 103″ long – both ends cut at 35º RAFTERS
- 4 – 4 piece of 2×4 lumber – 132″ long – both ends cut at 25.5º HIP RAFTERS
- 5 – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 54 1/2” long, – both ends cut at at 35º RAFTERS
- 6 – 600 sq ft of 3/4” tongue and groove plywood PLYWOOD
- 7 – 600 sq ft of tar paper, 600 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 8 – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 169″ TRIMS
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One day
Gazebo Roof Plans
The first step of the project is to attach the 2×6 beams to the top of the posts. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to clamp the beams to the posts after leveling them and aligning them at both ends. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ galvanized screws into the 4×4 posts.
Afterwards, you need to secure the middle rafters to the king post and to the top plates. Therefore, you need to support the king posts on a piece of 4×4 lumber before attaching the rafters into place. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to cut both ends of these rafters at 55º. Drill pilot holes and insert the screws into the plates and into the king post.
In this image, you can see the octagonal king post as well as the joints between it and the rafters. Align everything at both ends before drilling the pilot holes and inserting the screws.
Continue the woodworking project by fitting the hip rafters. Therefore, cut both ends of the 2×4 lumber at 63º, by using a very good miter saw with a sharp blade. Ask a friend to assist you when installing the components, as one person should hold them into place while the other one inserts the screws.
In order to provide extra-support to the roof structure, we recommend you to build several common rafters and to attach them into place, as see in the free plans.
Attach 3/4″ plywood to the rafters, following the pattern described in the image. Use a circular saw with a sharp blade to make the cuts, before locking them to the rafters with 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes and insert them into the rafters, every 6-8″.
Cover the roof with tar paper, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Lay the tar paper over the roof, starting with the bottom of the roof and secure them to the plywood with roof staples. Afterwards, install the asphalt shingles, starting with the bottom of the roof. Align everything with attention, making sure you don’t forget to fit the starting course.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the trims to the ends of the rafters. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to use 1×6 lumber and to cut the ends of the trims at 45º, otherwise they might not fit together easily. Add the trims into place and insert 1 1/4″ finishing nails.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, we recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is rigid. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges.
PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project, to see how to build the frame as well as the railings.
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