Timber Frame Style Garden Pavilion

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Project by ManaboutTools posted 10-27-2018 03:06 AM 2345 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In September I finished a new timber frame style pavilion in the garden. Some might call it a gazebo…not sure the difference. Like my woodshed I built earlier, I call it a “timber frame style” as I use metal fasteners and it’s not built using traditional timber frame methods. My wife liked the look of the woodshed and wanted something of similar design as a shady place to sit in our garden. Next year I’ll build an elevated deck or pour a patio slab as I have adequate head clearance. The posts are spaced 10’ x 10’ on center.

Like my woodshed, I use rough lumber that was milled from our own property. It’s mainly made from red cedar with some fir for the rafters. I believe it to be a Nobel Fir, and was a blowdown in our back woods that we salvaged.

The roof is metal panels over tar paper and strapping. Off the back I added a snow dam and an eavestrough to collect water in a future cistern.

I posted a 3 part series on YouTube at: I’d like to hear what you think. Thanks

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#1 posted 10-27-2018 01:20 PM

Wow. Very nice.

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#2 posted 10-27-2018 01:59 PM

Looks very nice and there are enough jointery to qualify as timber frame. Should last forever.


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#3 posted 10-27-2018 02:06 PM

I don’t know how this isn’t ranked higher. This was a lot of work and it looks beautiful. Well done!

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#4 posted 10-27-2018 03:39 PM

Another fantastic build! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 10-27-2018 05:11 PM

Great design and build, good job!

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#6 posted 10-27-2018 06:53 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words and support! It’s very much appreciated!

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#7 posted 10-27-2018 07:01 PM

Really nice build. That two level roof added some complexity, but it’s not lost on looks, really adds something for the work. Something you don’t see every day. Something you don’t see every day and it looks good = MONEY$$$$

Nice job, congrats on the 3, and thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 10-27-2018 08:00 PM

Very impressive “gazebo” ... or whatever you want to call it.
I agree the two level roof adds a lot of interest.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#9 posted 10-28-2018 01:14 AM

Kent , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-28-2018 01:25 AM

Very nice. I like that a lot.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 10-28-2018 03:53 AM

That is awesome. I wish I had soace for stuff like this

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#12 posted 10-29-2018 10:26 AM

Super! Beautiful design. great workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 10-29-2018 11:51 AM

Nice pavilion.


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#14 posted 10-29-2018 03:31 PM

thats a beautiful pavillion,i love the way you built the roof,great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 10-29-2018 05:36 PM

Love the design. The execution looks to be top notch.
Well done!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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