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Converting 1957 park shelter to a screened-in Pavilion

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Project by DaleMaley posted 09-27-2017 12:22 PM 830 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Summer, I volunteered to design and upgrade our oldest city park. One of the sub-projects of this park renovation was to convert a shelter built back in 1957 into a screened-in pavilion.

I decided to make it a 2×6” wall framed construction. The existing support posts were 6×6’s, and I had to transition the wall to two 2×12’s that were the main horizontal support beams.

One unique feature of this design is that the long walls are raised 1/2” above the old concrete to allow the pavilion to be washed out…....and the water can run out under the walls. 1/4” mesh hardware cloth, or screen, was used to keep the mice out…....but still allow the water to drain out. I used 1/2” thick bar aluminum spacers to raise the bottom pressure-treated plate.

My brother and I framed and sheeted out this building in just 14 calendar days. We then had about 6 volunteer painters paint the building inside and out in about 2 days.

Another challenge was the new steel doors. On steel doors, you are supposed to get the doors first, then build the wall around the steel door frame. My doors took 6 weeks to procure, and I wanted to get as much work done as possible while waiting on the doors. My solution was to frame only 1 side of the steel door frame…...and leave the other side open until the steel doors arrived….....then build the 2nd side to fit the doors. This worked ok.

To see my Trials & Tribulations, and there were several, see my woodworking web site.

thanks!

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





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-27-2017 01:11 PM

Real nice job on that screened in shelter. It looks a lot better and will be more useful in all kinds of weather.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 09-27-2017 01:22 PM

another great town improvement Dale ….GREAT JOB :<))

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

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DaleMaley

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#3 posted 09-27-2017 02:07 PM



Real nice job on that screened in shelter. It looks a lot better and will be more useful in all kinds of weather.

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks!

In our newer park, the screened-in pavilion is booked all summer, so it is very popular. Hopefully having a screened in pavilion in the old park will result in it being booked as well :)

dale

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

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 09-27-2017 02:14 PM

Very nice – I like the idea of the raised walls. People spilling soda and ketchup and everything else nasty and sticky.
After the event, bring out the garden hose, wash it down and clean it all up very simply.
Well done.

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

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 09-27-2017 02:23 PM

That’s quite a project. It’s coming along great. Nice 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 09-27-2017 03:15 PM



Very nice – I like the idea of the raised walls. People spilling soda and ketchup and everything else nasty and sticky.
After the event, bring out the garden hose, wash it down and clean it all up very simply.
Well done.

- ohwoodeye

To get the 1/2” height, I decided best option was aluminum bar from mcMaster-Carr. I sawed bar into about 4 inch long pieces to go under the pressure treated 2×6’s. The old 6×6 posts are rotted off under the concrete floor and starting to sink….........so I screwed on new 2×6’s to each side of the posts….....and they in turn are supported by the 2×6 pressure treated plate and the aluminum spacer.

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 09-27-2017 06:47 PM

Heck of a project with a several obstacles including time to overcome. NICE WORK!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 09-28-2017 10:49 AM

Nice work as usual Dale,

If your in Brisbane I could get you to do a job on our local park shelter

Not quite a big as yours, an above ground Air Raid shelter in its former life

-- Regards Robert

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DaleMaley

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#9 posted 09-28-2017 01:02 PM



Nice work as usual Dale,

If your in Brisbane I could get you to do a job on our local park shelter

Not quite a big as yours, an above ground Air Raid shelter in its former life

Now that is an interesting design for a park shelter!!

Thanks

- robscastle


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

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