Raising the Roof

Saturday May 16 there was a small but enthusiastic gathering at Cherrywood Green to finish installing the bulletin board kiosk, which mainly involved putting the roof assembly in place on top of the posts we had set into concrete footings a week or so earlier.

Display panel in place

Display panel in place

People brought cold drinks and snacks and visited around the picnic tables until it was time to lift up the roof assembly. Two of us on stepladders and others hoisting up from ground level was all it took to raise the roof.

A couple of firm taps, and the roof assembly was in place on its pegs and support cleats. We took turns driving home each of the last few screws to tie it all down, and the kiosk was ready for business.

Up it goes

Up it goes

First notice up was for the May CNA general meeting, just as called for in our bylaws. Neighbors are already starting to use it to post notices of their own.

Many thanks to those who turned out, and especially to Meaghan and John for bringing goodies.

Almost there

Almost there

For makers and home workshop enthusiasts, the frame is constructed of cedar 4×4’s, the main crosspiece joined with mortises and tenons, pegged and glued in place. All the wood is coated with a transparent cedar-tone finish.

Roof in place

Roof in place

The display panel is a sandwich of 3/4-inch exterior grade plywood between staple-holding 1/8-inch birch plywood panels. The panel assembly is held in place by channels cut in the upper and lower frame members, and is removable in order to change out the stapling panels when they get ragged from extended use.

The footings are poured concrete set in 2½ -foot deep, 15-inch wide holes, with six inches of gravel in the bottom and a cage of 1/8-inch reinforcing bar surrounding each post, mid-way between the post and the side of the hole.

Group with kiosk

Group with kiosk

The roof is made of corrugated galvanized steel roofing secured to 5/8-inch plywood decks and supported by a framework of 2×4 and 1×4 cedar pieces glued and fastened with weatherproof decking screws. And the rain does make a fine tin-roof sound when you’re standing under it.

Open for business

Open for business

Several neighbors have suggested that all it needs now is a tiny solar panel and lights for improved nighttime viewing. Maybe next year!

 

Photos by Marilyn Fenn

About Terry Dyke

I live in the old yellow house on Robinson with Marilyn Fenn, my wonderful and talented wife. A Cherrywood citizen since 2002, I've enjoyed neighborhood life, helping organize Film Night, instigating our neighborhood urban farm, and more recently, joining the CNA Steering Committee. I'm interested in energy and climate issues, and local resilience as a response to them. I also write about them on my blog.

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