I am trying to construct the the wooden frame as seen below. The brick pillars and wall exist already.
It's pretty much square with each side measuring about 3.5m I am planning on using metal brackets to join everything together as I don't feel confident enough to attempt cutting joins. Once complete I plan to put corrugated roof sheets over the top.
My questions are:
- What timber would be best suited? I am worried about warping. In South Africa we only seem to get pine.
- Should I get the timber shop to cut the pieces exactly to size according to my design, or rather get the pieces a bit longer and cut it myself on site, in case the measurements are slightly off.
- Should I try and seal or varnish the wood before assembling?
I drew the design to scale in SketchUp and I'd be happy to post the file if that would help.