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"Satellite Dish" Gazebo
“I’ve wanted a gazebo for years, but was hesitant because of the difficulty of constructing one out of wood. Using an old satellite dish made it relatively easy,” says Bruce Larson, Nielsville, Minn.
  He got the aluminum satellite dish free from his local phone company. It measured 10 ft. 3 in. in dia. He cut 5 in. off the slanted receiver attachment brace at the center of the dish, then mounted a 4-in. dia. hooded vent pipe over it and attached an oblong copper toilet float on top for decoration.
  He bought the gazebo’s octagon-shaped sides from a local school auction for $10. The gazebo platform measures 12 sq. ft. and sets on a base made from three 12-ft. long, 4 by 4 stringers set on concrete blocks. The deck is supported by 12-ft. long, 2 by 6 floor joists on 16-in. centers. He used 1 by 6’s for the deck boards. All the wood is treated and either stained or painted.
  “It makes a nice cool retreat during the warm summer months and gets decorated for different seasonal events,” says Larson. “Rose bushes grow in flower planters that I set on each corner of the deck. My total cost was about $350.
  “After the photos were taken I installed underground electric wire and also added a hanging chandelier for lighting.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bruce E. Larson, 303 E. 3rd St., Nielsville, Minn. 56568 (ph 218 946-3605; kimlarson4@gmail.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #3