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.
The 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.