Yesterday I finished putting the sheathing on the cupola. It's been crazy hot here (100 predicted today) so I've been working on the cupola in the basement and the gazebo has just been sitting while I wait for this heat wave to break.
Once the sheathing, felt, fascia and battens were installed (on half) I decided to give the shakes a try. It was late but I wanted to see how they would look. I quickly learned that with an 8 sided roof there are a lot of cuts and a lot of waste. Even at the widest part of the cupola roof I"ll get maybe one shake that I don't have to cut.
I have to keep reminding myself to leave a gap between the shakes. My woodworking brain has a tough time with that. I think I'll have to rout out the space at the ridge in the right. When I shot the nail, the shake split because it was too tight.
I still have to figure out how to do the battens at the peak. It looks like it's going to be solid wood.
Oh yeah, in my haste to see what the shakes looked like, I forgot to lay the felt between the shakes. That dawned on me about 10PM last night. I realized then I needed to quit for the day. Do I need to remove the shakes and start all over or will the shakes themselves be enough to keep things dry?