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We haven’t been doing much the last couple days. Yesterday was the anniversary of my wife’s father passing. She is back home with her mother and siblings while my daughter and I are still here in Maine. I sat in the gazebo all day just reading. This is the last project he had helped us with.

So my wife had always wanted a gazebo and we only had a couple things planned last summer so when her father came and stayed with us a couple of weeks last June she decided it was a good project for her father and I to work on.

We had been looking at pre built ones but they were around 6000 dollars and there was no way we would have been able to get it in the backyard

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so we went and picked up some lumber

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we laid out the floor frame and nailed it together

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after squaring up the frame we used a post hole digger and dug out the corners

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we stood a 4×4 post up and leveled it and screwed it to the frame

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after they were all stood and squared we dumped in a bag of cement, the soil is a high clay and held a lot of water so we just put it in dry

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we proceeded to wet down the top and used a breaker bar and mixed it right in ground

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after letting it set up over night we hung the floor joists in the frame making sure everything was level

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I used some blocks and nailed them on the inside of the posts for a nailer

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and proceeded to screw down the decking

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we had finished up when my father got home from work, perfect timing dad

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the next morning we had to make the posts level, so we measured from the level floor deck and found our lowest spot and went and marked all the other posts

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after cutting them level we notched out the posts to carry the beams

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we then set the beams in place and nailed them down making sure the posts were still level

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we nailed a regular 2x over the pt staggering the joints over the corners for extra stabilty

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all ready for a roof

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at this point I had my buddy come over and frame up the roof for me, it’s what he does and he is much faster and better than me, he started by putting in a center rafter

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and started cutting and filling the hips

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and then started popping in the rafters

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I think it took him like two hours and he was done

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we put in some collar ties to add stability to the gazebo

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and went and marked our rafter tails on each end and snapped a chalk line

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we cut them flush

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and angled the hip rafters so the fascia board would be straight all the way across

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the next morning we finished up the other sides

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and nailed down a 2×6 for a fascia board

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we were ready to put the roof deck on

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the next morning we had to shingle the roof hips

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we set up the table saw and started ripping 3 inch wide pieces of cedar so the trim was equal all around

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we used some scrap ice and water I had to cover the seam on the hips

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and started on the bottom and butted the shakes together working our way up

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we stopped short at the peak so I could do it all in one shot

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and finished off the rest of the hips

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after all were done, I knocked out the top staggering the overlaps to create a weather tight seal

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looks almost professional

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the next day we decided to add some center posts to help break up the railing

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we trimmed and notched the top of the post

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and stood it up in place

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and leveled it up

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and bolted it down

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we went and picked up some 2×4’s for the railing

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and cut some short pieces for corner braces

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we nailed down a top and bottom rail

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and cut short pieces for spindles

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a quick clean up and the gazebo was done

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you are dearly missed

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we cut some osb to fill in the rafters, this was kind of a pain with all the angles

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only one corner left to fill

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and it was sheathed

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I went and picked some drip edge

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and threw it upon the roof, nailing it all around the bottom

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we decided to cedar shingle the roof, so we nailed down a starter course and went over it a second time, we then measured out a 5.5 inch reveal, snapped a chalk line

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and started knocking it out

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it went quick on the straight runs until you had to cut the angles

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it made me nervous with him on the scaffolding

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Sweet memories, a little bittersweet when you miss someone that you loved…. glad you have good memories.

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fantastic project. great to keep his memory alive in your hearts.

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thanks guys, I still have some guilt from it, he offered to pay half to just buy one, I told him no, I couldn’t have him do that, we could build it for a fraction of the cost, that man was tighter with his money than anyone I’ve ever known, I should have known something was up when he offered, I think he knew something was wrong and that he shouldn’t be doing the physical exertion of it. We found a a note in his car after he passed with some medication names written on it that he should have been taking for his condition. I’ve never verbalized it to my wife, but it still tears me up inside.

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