bandstand and A frame question.

Discussion in 'Structures' started by skyraider, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    The next project on my layout is a bandstand with an A frame cover that will be in the city park. Tonight I did the base and steps. I'm still designing the A frame. A photo and some references for the A frame are attached.

    What kind of roof do you think would be on a structure like this? Wood shingles or corrugated metal are options, but I'd like to do something different than that, if possible. What do you think would be a plausible material for the roof during the 1940's /1950's?
    town and park.jpg park 16x20-Lean-to-Pavilion-Plans.jpg park timber lean to.jpg

    Thanks in advance,

    Paul Moore
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Some bandstand are simple structures, mostly round. The one in Cape was somewhat unremarkable. But you could also look at gazebo structures.
    Courthouse Park Bandstand.JPG Gazebo.jpg

    I think a round or octagon shaped structure would be more appealing and is still relatively easy to build for someone of your proven capability.
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  3. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Hi Keith,

    You are correct--most bandstands were gazebos. The reason I went a different direction is that the Gazebo took up more room than I really wanted to use (my allotted space is more rectangular) , and I wanted something different. Plus, it's already started.

    Just for kicks, here are some photos of a dance hall on the side of a mountain I started scratch building 15 or more years ago. It was for a different layout that I no longer own. There's no space for the dance hall on this layout. Attached is a photo of the prototype.

    Paul 2006-12-2 005 copy.jpg 2006-10-26 first two trusses 003 copy.jpg bandstand detail.jpg 2006-12-2 007 copy.jpg ccrr008.jpg ccrr010.jpg ccrr012.jpg
  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Paul, that looks like very nicely done beginnings to a neat structure!
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  5. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Yes Keith is right, very nice, it's well worth seeing it through.
  6. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Thanks, Keith and William Maybe someday I will finish it.

  7. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Sometimes mistakes can end up being for the best. The frame is done on the rectangular bandstand. Today I made a potential wood roof. I made it out of a piece of scribed siding. The edges were painted to simulate wood supports, the underneath is the scribed portion and was stained a nice wood color, and the top was painted to look like a aged metal roof with some patina. It didn't work, so I sanded it with 600 grit and repainted it. While it dried I went for a bicycle ride. The thing curled like I couldn't believe!!!! I've seen wood curl if only painted on one side, but never like this when spray painted with solvent based paint and painted on both sides. The more I look at it, I like it. It may be the roof.

    Paul Untitled-1 copy.jpg Untitled-2 copy.jpg
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  8. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    Oh heck yeah. Keep the curl! You may want to put the stairs on the back though. The brace would be a real head banger.
  9. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    How dumb can I be!!! I didn't even think about The side braces were an after thought, and you are correct--I need to redesign the access!


  10. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Maybe it's ok...the brace is 7' above the top step, and people were shorter then. I might modify the brace.

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