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New band stand for City Park refurbishment

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Project by DaleMaley posted 06-11-2017 11:27 AM 1103 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in charge of designing and implementing a major upgrade to our small town park. I donate my labor, and either the City or a local non-profit covers my materials expenses. We had many requests to add a facility for bands to play in the park. After much research, I found a design I liked from Metamora, Illinois…....which is basically an angled roof set on posts.

I scaled down the Metamora design to about 16×16ft for our park. I used Google Sketchup to design the new band stand. It uses 6 pressure-treated 6×6’s as the support columns. The roof is sloped at 15 degrees, with the front being about 13 feet above the ground. I set the posts 3 ft deep in concrete. At a later date, the city will pour a concrete floor for the band stand….........and we will paint it.

This park has a history of vandalism, so the open band stand allows the local neighbors and police who drive by, a clear view of this area. There are no walls for kids to hide behind and get into mischief.

The main frame around the top of the posts is double 2×12’s pressure-treated. The rafters are 2×6 pressure treated. Sheeting is 1/2” pressure-treated plywood, with architectural shingles.

We set 1 rafter on each end, then ran a string between them. This allowed quick and easy placement of all the rafters in between. I have tried measuring and marking rafter depth before, and I get way off….....so I use the string method to keep them all aligned perfectly.

I estimated it would take me 3 weeks to build it by myself. My brother pitched in, brought his tractor to town to help get those heavy 16 foot long 2×12’s up in the air….........and we knocked it out in 4.5 days. He had come up with an easy way for the loader to lift boards, by temporarily clamping a 90 degrees wood set-up to his forks, which worked slick.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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robscastle

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 09:06 AM

Good job Dale and your (McGyver) brother.

Looks like you can play a mean guitar as well
Now I am a little curious who is that girl in the background? which leads me to also ask where is the deck/floor and power?

-- Regards Robert

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DaleMaley

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 10:51 AM

I designed the new bandstand using Google Sketchup. I wanted to make sure a band would fit ok in the 16×16 foot size I chose, so I went to the Sketchup warehouse, to see if anybody had ever drawn a band…......that I could import into my band stand. Somebody drew the E-street band and put it in the warehouse, so I used that in my sketchup drawing.

The warehouse also has a human female figure. I often use her to illustrate the scale of a design for myself or other people. I put her into the sketchup model, to make sure there was plenty of head clearance at the low end of the band stand, which there is.

The concrete floor and electrical will come in a few weeks, when the City crew pours my 1100 feet of new sidewalk in the park. Thanks!


Good job Dale and your (McGyver) brother.

Looks like you can play a mean guitar as well
Now I am a little curious who is that girl in the background? which leads me to also ask where is the deck/floor and power?

- robscastle


-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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robscastle

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 08:49 PM

Oh all disapointing I must say, I thought that was you as the front man “rocking on” and also had a secret admirer!
As I had seen her once before, now I know!

Not familiar with the details in sketchup I will have to educate myself.

1100 feet of sidewalk!, I hope they put a Dale Maley Star in it as a sign of recogniition of your community work.

Look forward to seeing it in use

-- Regards Robert

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