The classic octagonal gazebo has timeless elegance. Viewed from any angle, its eight symmetrical sides give it an eye-catching, sculptural quality-a perfect centerpiece for the landscape. Inside the gazebo, an elevated floor adds a sense of loftiness, while open-air sides make it a great spot for escaping the sun and catching summer breezes.
The gazebo featured in this project measures nine feet across and has cedar decking laid in an octagonal pattern. Look up from the inside and you see an attractive panel ceiling of 1 x 6 cedar boards. The lattice panels help enclose the interior while giving the entire structure a light, airy feel. If you prefer more ornamentation, you can easily omit the upper lattice panels and add decorative brackets or scrollwork.
Not surprisingly, this project involves lots of angled cuts. If you’ve been looking for a reason to buy a compound miter saw, this is your ticket. It makes the project much, much easier.
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