This three gable post and beam pavilion plan is a sturdy structure. It uses metal connectors and structural screws to join posts, beams and rafters, meaning there are no mortises and tenons to cut.
Cross lap joints are a great solution when you want to create clean, continuous lines in a timber frame. The edges of the joint are completely flush, making it almost appear that the timbers are magically connected. To create a cross lap joint, you cut halfway through the width of both timbers that you are connecting , and they slide together into an extremely solid joint.
Are you wanting the beauty and strength of heavy timbers but want to avoid cutting all the traditional joinery? Take a look at this 12×24 post and beam pavilion plan! It is a great medium size that can fit in many landscapes, yet it is big enough to accommodate multiple activities- think of an outdoor kitchen and dining pavilion, for one!