The gazebo needed an update and the roof was the worst. I could have kept the rafter framing and just replaced the plywood and the asphalt shingles but I always wanted a nice ceiling to look up to when sitting in the gazebo.
I had some grooved plywood paneling left over from another project and decided that would be perfect for the look I wanted. I also wanted a cupola so I decided to rebuild the entire roof using Cedartone lumber.
The roof framing is done and the plywood sheathing is on and the underside is stained to match the Cedartone.
Yesterday it was hot and humid so I took advantage of the cool, dry basement and started on the cupola. I took a piece of cedar 4x4, ripped it to an octagon and turned it on the lathe for a down-facing finial that would be the center piece of the cupola ceiling.
Since each side of the octagon was now only 1-3/8", I had to plane down the 2x4 rafters to 1-3/8". And since the wood was so rough, I ripped the edges and cleaned it up.
After the rafters were cut to size and the bird's mouths cut, I drilled the finial and rafters for 1/2" dowels and drilled pocket holes on the top of the rafters.
Installing the first two rafters to the finial was easy. After than each step required a bit more improvisation to allow for a solid backing when snugging up the rafters into the dowels. One final pocket screw secured it tight.
This was the only way I could figure securing the piece on the last two legs of the install.
In the photo below, the octagon on the bottom will fit on top of the opening in the roof. I need to figure out how tall I want the walls of the cupola and exactly how I'm going to secure it. I'm also undecided on what trim I'll use on the walls (louvers? open? I don't know.)
When I make the top plate, I'll shave the point off the corners of the octagon so there will be a flat vertical surface where the outside of the bird's mouth will sit. Just an FYI: the rafters and the octagon frame in the pic above are both Cedartone lumber. When I planed and ripped the rafters, they lost that gold color.
Today is supposed to be another scorcher. That cool and dry workshop in the basement is looking pretty good!