Weekndr Project: Front Door Cedar Awning

The newest DIY addition to the Weekndr abode. A cedar awning over front door.

The newest DIY addition to the Weekndr abode. A cedar awning over front door.

Mostly to keep the rain and snow from piling up in front of the front door, I got to work this past weekend building a wood awning over the entry to the house. It’s constructed entirely of cedar purchased at my local home center. The support brackets and header beam are 4×4 cedar posts. The roof rafters are cedar 2x4s. And it is roofed with cedar shake over cedar fir strips.

awning-joinery-2The design is pretty simple. It is based on a few photos I found in magazines and it employs some psuedo-timber-frame joinery . As you can see in the detail photos, all of the parts connect with either half-lap joints or some sort of modified mortise and tenon.

In addition to the mechanical joinery, I drove 4-1/2-in. lag bolts through all of the joints for reinforcement. With some planing, I was able to hide all the bolt heads from view.

I’m hoping to apply a mahogany stain this weekend to finish it off.

The support posts, the header, and the roof rafters all join with half-lap or psuedo mortise and tenon joinery.

The support posts, the header, and the roof rafters all join with half-lap joints or psuedo mortise and tenon joinery. They're reinforced with lag bolts.

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3 Responses

  1. Awesome Matt

  2. Nice joinery and a fine harmonious match with the house. The existing roof height creates difficulty – does the low slope of the awning & the proximity to the underside of the roof create snow/ice buildup (& subsequent water infiltration) in the winter?

    • Thanks for the comment, Nick. that low roof line was a pain. But it’s got just enough slope to move water away from the house. I over built the awning supports to accommodate a lot of snow build up, which happens. And, because it’s done in cedar shingles – which circulate air nicely – it doesn’t get any ice build up. The front stoop has never been better protected from slippery ice.

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