Three Gable Timber Frame Garden or Patio Covering Pavilion

King Posts and Ridge Beams

Next we make the king posts and attach them to the beams with lag bolts.

working on the Three Gable Timber Frame style Pavilion in the sunshine
King posts attached with lag bolts

The North/South ridge beam is brought up and laid across the East/West beams.

First Ridge Beam

lifting a ridge beam in place
First ridge beam laid over East/West beams

The last two king posts are secured then the ridge beam is lifted into place. Then a small corner brace is added between the king post and ridge beam.

Second Ridge Beam

installing a brace on the Three Gable Timber Frame style Pavilion ridge beam
Small corner brace added to king post and ridge beam

Four rafters for the South and North gable ends will be installed. I put these in place now to help secure the ridge beam so it won’t move laterally when the next ridge beam is installed.

installing Douglas fir rough sawn rafters
Laying out birds mouth cut on south facing gable end common rafter

These rafters are cut to length and have plumb cuts on both ends. They are then positioned against the ridge beam and laid over the North/South beams to mark the birds mouth cuts.

installing Douglas fir rough sawn rafters
I have a thing for screws. I’m sure nails are faster (and I have several nail guns) but I like the ability to adjust things as I go along

They are secured to the beams with screws.
The king post on the East facing gable end needed some adjustment to ensure it was plumb and square before the next ridge beam was placed.

lifting a ridge beam in place
Setting the final ridge beam in place

The shorter East/West ridge beam is hauled up and bolted into place.
Connor then stained the rest of the frame.

installing Douglas fir rough sawn rafters
Gable end rafters on East facing end of pavilion
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