Measuring the Gazebo Base

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Measuring the base of a gazebo, making lines with a pencil and taking the right measurements in this free construction video. View Video Transcript

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Charlie Folkman

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Hi! Welcome back to Expert Village. My name is Charlie Folkman and today we are going to continue building our gazebo. Now the next step is going to be the construction of our gazebo. Now the first thing that we want to do is create the octagon shape of our base and what we have here is a 4 ft by 8 ft sheet half inch thick plywood. Now as we explained when we were diagramming this, it is going to take two 4 ft by 8 ft to create our 6 ft by 6 ft square so we are going to go ahead and cut these sheets down to 3 ft by 6 ft and connect them together. How we do that is we start over here on this corner. We take our tape, we are going to measure out 3 ft and we are going to put our line right here. We are going to come back to the corner and we are going to measure out 6 ft and we are going to mark our line right here. Now Richard, if you will go ahead and measure out 6 ft on that side. Then our last measurements are going to be one more 3 ft from this point. Go ahead and mark my line there for me. Okay now that we have all of our pencil marks, it is time to take out our chalk box and snap some lines. So the first line we are going to snap is going to be the longest one. So Richard if you will take this in and hold it on this mark there. Oh Richard, your hand goes above the chalk line, not below it. Thank you. Go ahead and snap this line. Throw back in our chalk box and if you will hold me across all the way to the end there. Go ahead, snap this line. This gives us our layout for our 3 ft by 6 ft area. So next step is going to be cutting. Now remember when you are cutting, you always want to cut to the outside of the line so you don't mess up your measurements and also with the wood, you want the wood to fall away from the blade not into the blade because you can bind up the blade and cause yourself some personal injury.