2009 - Volume #33, Issue #6, Page #43[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Corn Crib" Gazebo
The gazebo has a cobblestone floor with 6-ft. high fence panel sides. There's a free-standing fireplace in the middle of the floor. A 6-in. dia. flue pipe runs up through the center of the roof.
"It's a really nice place to relax during the summer and, with the fireplace, we can use it in cool weather, too," says Zaborny. "We planted grapes all the way around so in a couple years it will be a nice looking arbor. Also, swallows like to nest in the roof which is a good thing because they eat twice their weight in insects every day."
They started with a 16-ft. dia. corn crib they got from a neighbor. They hauled it home on a trailer, then used a boom loader and chain to set it upright. The crib had 4 ft. of sheet metal below the roof and wire below that, which they cut off. They set six thin wall galvanized steel posts in the ground in a hexagon shape and then placed a 6-in. dia. pvc pipe over each post. Then they lowered the crib down on the posts and welded the sides onto the posts.
They attached panel wire fence all the way around the posts to form a grape arbor, leaving an opening to walk through.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John and Theda Zaborny, 5441 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson, Mich. 49201 (ph 517 414-3596; email@example.com).
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