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Information and sign-in box

November 29, 2014

Gaining ground is a non-profit organic farm in Concord Massachusetts which grows vegetables and fruit with the help of hundreds of community volunteers. A close friend asked if I could help build an outdoor sign-in box for the volunteers that turn-up at the farm. [caption id="attachment_301" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Sign-in drawing Concept for the sign-in board.[/caption] Sign in boxes are not unusual and my design is loosely based on photographs from the Waltham Fields Community Farm box.  Below is my first 3D design in SketchUp to provide a guide for materials and get feedback as to the size. Once we had agreed with the basic design, it provided an idea of the layout, size and approximate materials quantities for the giant bird house. [caption id="attachment_308" align="aligncenter" width="625"]3D design Sketch-up design that would attach to a 8' x 4' sheet.[/caption] The first step was to build the carcass. Oak was the material of choice to frame the box and some old 1" floorboards for the rafters. [caption id="attachment_312" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Carcass Oak and 1" joists framing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_313" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Framing completed in oak and 1" boards. Framing completed in oak and 1" boards.[/caption] The basic bones of the frame and joists. The strength will come from the siding and roof - so I didn't want to over build the frame. [caption id="attachment_317" align="aligncenter" width="625"]roofing Roof boards are 1" floorboards.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_318" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Siding Cedar siding and door.[/caption] Spanish cedar boards were used for the sides. The door was frames separately.   [caption id="attachment_320" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Roofing. An aluminum drip edge and roofing felt in place.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_321" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Sign in box Shingling the roof from the bottom edge.[/caption] I had to start twice because of the need of a flair out at the drip edge. I needed to add another layer of shingles. IMG_0874 Shingling completed!  It needs a roof cap, which will be hand crafted from aluminum.IMG_0898Added an angled platform and small shelf inside.  painted the shingles and added a door stay. Ready for installation. The 16th was a dry day in December and I asked a friend to help.  Having packed up the car it was time to drive out to Concord. [caption id="attachment_329" align="aligncenter" width="625"]bird box Fan the proud new owner![/caption] The first task was to attach the 8'x4' sheet of 3/4" ply to the shed.  Once we found the studs that was a piece of cake. [caption id="attachment_331" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Attachment. Attaching the bird box to the shed.[/caption] OK, that done the small shelter was next. [caption id="attachment_333" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Bulletin board Done. Small shelter for the bulletin board attached.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_334" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Sign in box. Complete sign in box.[/caption] A good day!  

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