Cedar Shakes and a Cupola for the Gazebo - Fine Homebuilding

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Cedar Shakes and a Cupola for the Gazebo

comments (1) August 27th, 2012 in Project Gallery
Julimor Julimor, member

Twenty four years and it was looking pretty tired
This is what I designed for the roof replacement
I turned a piece of 4x4 cedar for the down-facing finial and screwed and glued the cupola rafters to it
The new gazebo rafters and sheathing
1x3 battens, 30# felt interlay and 18 cedar shakes. This method was used for the cupola and gazebo roofing.
Twenty four years and it was looking pretty tiredClick To Enlarge

Twenty four years and it was looking pretty tired


The roofing on the gazebo needed attention. I had planned on just replacing the shingles until a roofer suggested I replace the sheathing as well. I knew he was right. Then I figured why not add a cupola? It didn't take long before I realized I wouldn't be adding it to the existing roof frame, I'd be building an entire new roof frame.

I tore off the entire roof and built a new frame from cedartone wood using Simpson brackets to attach the rafters to the interior frame. I used biscuits and screws to make the interior frame.

Once the frame was in place, I laid 5/8" fir siding, grooved 4" O.C., good side down, for the sheathing. This created a finished look to the ceiling of the gazebo. I finished it with Defy cedar stain/sealant.

For the roofing I chose cedar shakes. After studying the roofing manual fron the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, I decided on battens with a felt interlay for laying the shakes. I ended up building a scaffold that would allow me to work on three sections at a time.

I ran out of shakes with only the last course of ridge shakes to do. Once I get those I'll set the cupola roof and string some rope light inside for some night time enjoyment.

For more pictures and a more detailed explanation go to: http://forums.finewoodworking.com/fine-woodworking-knots/general-discussion/isnt-fine-woodworking


Design or Plan used: My own design
posted in: Project Gallery, gazebo, cedar shakes, cupola

Comments (1)

basilico basilico writes: Very attractive. I want a gazebo also but I want to make it bigger. Of course, I could never build it myself. You did a great job. Love the rafters picture. Basilico
Posted: 12:16 pm on October 23rd

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