Three Gable Timber Frame Pavilion

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Project by ManaboutTools posted 11-26-2018 11:55 PM 9643 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently finished a new timber frame style pavilion in my friends backyard. It was built from rough sawn, full dimension Douglas Fir from a local mill. He wanted an open outdoor structure built on his deck to shield them from the sun. He liked the idea of three gables with the east most gable extended a few extra feet.
Standard woodworking power tools were used with some handwork done with chisel and wooden mallet. Nothing special.
Posts and lower beams are 6”x6”. Ridge beams are 4”x8”. Corner braces are made from 3” thick stock. Rafters are 2”x6” and strapping is 1”x6”. The concrete piers are 9”x9” with filleted corners.
The pavilion is topped with black painted plywood over the strapping boards; with black metal roof panels over that. There’s black metal trim that wraps the gabled edges and ridge cap on the peaks.

I designed the pavilion in Sketchup and I used a plugin to create some animation of how it all went together. That was a tedious, long process but, I liked how it turned out.

I posted a build video on YouTube at:

I’d like to hear what you think.


-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 12:10 AM

Beautifully done!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 03:02 AM

Very nice design and well executed!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-27-2018 03:04 AM

Ooof! That is very nice. I like it a lot. Great work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-27-2018 04:22 PM

I’d like to hear what you think.


- ManaboutTools

I’ll tell you what I think. I think that pavilion is impressive and I also think that is one of the best video animations I’ve seen. EXTREMELY professional. WOW.

-- "The Answer Is Blowin'n In The Wind" John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 11-27-2018 09:40 PM

Wow! It looks absolutely beautiful. I’m sure your friend is very impressed and thankful!

-- Alfonso, Olympia, Washington

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#6 posted 11-28-2018 12:26 AM

Tremendous build. This is a great project.

-- AJ

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#7 posted 11-28-2018 05:59 AM

Thank you all for the kind words and support! I really appreciate that!

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#8 posted 12-01-2018 05:18 PM

Added to my favorites… That should tell you something.

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#9 posted 12-12-2018 05:14 AM

The natural wood in the sunlight looks amazing mate. I would love to have such a well built shelter area for storage on my lawn if I had the space!

-- Mark Grogan @

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