Building a hexagonal gazebo is not as complicated a process as one would think. Gazebos provide a place to spend some happy times with family and friends. Building a gazebo also gives the owner a sense of pride and achievement. Gazebos that are made from wood are considered to be sturdiest and most beautiful. You can use redwood, rosewood or cedar to make a wooden gazebo.
You can chose from a variety of styles to suit your taste that will make your gazebo stand out from the rest of them. There are a few basic techniques of building a gazebo which you need to follow.
Let’s have a look at those steps which will guide you through its construction.
Choose the location: Clean the area and level it by pouring layers of gravel. Set up four batter boards by aligning them perfectly to have a square from where you can design the hexagon. Mark and pin the square center and hold it to a semi-circle. Then mark and pin the other sides to have the hexagonal extremities done.
Erecting the Main Posts: Find the right angle for the posts towards the inside deck. Then draw a perpendicular line at 90 degrees on the outer foot to position the posts correctly. Secure metal braces to the bolts that are sticking out and screw in the posts. Find the vertical plumb to keep the post in line with temporary braces.
Decking: Building a hexagonal gazebo requires you to build the floor frame and mark posts at 15″ and 21″ from the ground. Cut the inside of the posts between the mark trim off the wood to take in the beams. The beams need to be cut at 60 degrees angle at both ends with a saw. The beams will now form a 360 degrees round angle fitting in to the hexagon shape and secure them with nails.
Assemble the joists: Screw the metal joists hangers to the beams at half way and make them sit into the joist hanger next to them. Now attach the beams with both sides at 30 degrees to form a 60 degree angle on the pier and they will form a 360 angle. The boards need to be cut from the perimeter towards the centre with the joists screwed on each side. Apply wood putty to level the depressions which will give it a neat look.
Stair for the main entrance: Stairs are a better option to the main entrance for easy access. Dig the ground 6″ in front and level it by adding 1″ gravel and sand. Shape two beams with a miter saw to match the pitch of the stair and secure them with metal braces. Now screw up the two horizontal ledger boards on both beams and nail the wooden step on the corner.
Roofing: Assemble a round hexagonal perimeter and cross beams to mimic the railings followed by spanning double ceiling joists from all sides. Cut four joists with half the length at one end at 90 degrees to slot into the beam at the opposite ends in such a way that they will form a 360 degree angle. The final step in building a hexagonal gazebo is to cut the rafters, brace and secure them at the desired span and surface the roof.