Life as an Amateur Woodworker #33: My Gazebo Project is well underway!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 01-15-2015 10:16 PM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Christmas Present to myself! Part 33 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 34: Nearly there! »

Two weeks ago, I finally got underway with the Gazebo / Kiosko, the three month wait for summer to arrive was over, my Father-in-law had come to stay for Christmas and New Year to give me a hand.

First we had to demolish the old gazebo, being careful to leave the corner posts standing

We managed it, But Henry enjoyed himself a bit too much, and had to be reined in, which is easier to do, when he is only one year older than me!

But we ran into a major snag, one of the posts was rotten in the top half, it was not insurmountable but it brought work to a halt, and the Father in Law went home.

I decided that the easy option was to cut off the post in good timber, and have a metal collar made, and insert a new timber, but I could not get the same size, so the old was 14cm x 8cm, and the new 12cm x 8cm. I had to have the collar fabricated in three parts, the collar for the bottom post, a plate to be welded between top and bottom, and the top collar. But here in Colombia Fabricators do not weld, so one it was made, I collected it and took it to a local Welder, who is doing quite well out of my business!

Now I was back in business, albeit having to work alone, which humping the big supporting beams up was no joke, but with a bit of ingenuity, ropes and my platform ladder, I managed to get in place and bolted securely.
but before raising the cross beams, I mortice and tenoned the riser into the beam, and put a bolt through the joint to make sure it was going nowhere.

Then came the ridge beam, which sat in a slot cut in the riser, and bolted, followed by the rafters.

Yesterday, I received delivery of the T&G pine boards which will be the first layer of the roof, and I spent the afternoon and all today, painting them, first with Immunizante to stop insect attacks, then stained one side which will be seen from inside the gazebo, the top side covered in roofing felt.

hopefully by the end of next week the roof will be watertight, well…as watertight as any gazebo is going to be!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 02:28 AM


I was just wondering what you were up to? Looking good! Great to have help. When they listen, and work with you! makes it a bit of a social event?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 11:06 AM

Thanks Tom, it is coming along fine, I am not looking forward to the roofing part, I don’t like heights at the best of times, so the next stages should be interesting!

I actually enjoyed working with my Father-in-law, the Colombian attitude towards work is a little different to ours, he enjoyed the demolition side a bit too much, but we had a good laugh!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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