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Project by DaleMaley posted 07-20-2017 11:30 AM 494 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am spending the Summer of 2017 upgrading our local city park. I donate my labor, and either a local non-profit or the City pays for the materials cost.

I wanted a showcase item for the park, and decided to make it a 22 foot diameter Victorian style gazebo. It took me 3 attempts to finally get the design right in Google Sketchup. This is a “walk-through” design with the concrete floor the same height as the sidewalks in the park.

To me, the most critical item in this project was how to build the lower 8 and upper 8 roof segments so they were all identical, and would assemble correctly. I decided to build the first lower roof segment 1st, then build the fixture around this 1st piece…..........then build the next 7 in the same fixture. The result of this was all the segments fit together on both the lower and upper roofs perfectly :)

It took me 4 weeks to build and erect the gazebo, and it has 497 different pieces of wood in it. It is almost all 2×6 pressure-treated wood construction, with a little bit of 2×4’s in it. Both roofs are 20 degrees. There were many, many compound angle cuts involved with this project.

Everybody in our small town loves the finished gazebo, and there is already talk of holding weddings in the gazebo.

You can see the whole design and build process on my woodworking web site here.

Thanks!

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





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JCamp

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#1 posted 07-20-2017 12:00 PM

Once again Dale you did a great job. Your town is lucky to have you. You might consider running for Mayor after you get all those projects done!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Calmudgeon

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#2 posted 07-20-2017 12:23 PM

Nice design and implementation. As JCamp said, your town is lucky to have you.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 07-20-2017 01:49 PM



Once again Dale you did a great job. Your town is lucky to have you. You might consider running for Mayor after you get all those projects done!

- JCamp


Nice design and implementation. As JCamp said, your town is lucky to have you.

- Calmudgeon

Totally agree with both comments ==GREAT WORK on a very community oriented item!

I would skip the “mayor” gig though! No rewards; all headaches!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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pottz

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#4 posted 07-20-2017 03:14 PM

i agree with the above every small town wishes they had somebody like you.ive looked at some of your others projects and this isnt the first time youve improved your community,your a beautiful person dale,i wish the world had more like you.congrats.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 07-20-2017 03:55 PM

This gazebo is a very impressive pieced of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DaleMaley

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#6 posted 07-20-2017 10:17 PM

Thanks everyone !!

With regards to running for Mayor, being a small town mayor is a really thankless job. I would rather work on projects to improve the town, versus all the thankless tasks a mayor has to do. Fortunately, we have had good mayors in our small town over the years.

Dale


Once again Dale you did a great job. Your town is lucky to have you. You might consider running for Mayor after you get all those projects done!

- JCamp


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

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 07-20-2017 10:56 PM

Very nice work, Dale. As the others said, your town is lucky to have you.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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ohwoodeye

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#8 posted 07-21-2017 08:23 PM

What a wonderful donation to your city. Every time you see someone enjoying its shade or admiring its design it has to bring a giant smile to your face. I know it would for me.
Very well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 07-21-2017 09:15 PM

wonderful ...a VERY GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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robscastle

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#10 posted 07-22-2017 07:12 AM

nice work Dale.

It just so happens I was married in one of these.
Thats us some years ago and my still beautiful Bride today.

As for me time and health has taken its toll unfortunately

But hey thats life

-- Regards Robert

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