Louvred gazebo top – upcoming project/challenge

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  • #99876

    Kelly D
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    Its time! We’re putting a box store gazebo over our pool this summer and I’ve known all along that I want to make custom louvred “shutter style” roof insert panels for it so we can close it off for shade or open it up to see the stars. With six wedges, each divided into two sections this is exactly the kind of repetitive task the MPCNC is primed for!

    Giving this one its own thread since it could involve a few head scratching calls for help!

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    #99879

    Ryan
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    Ohhhh, I am excited. I have a old rotted patio thing and an adjustable  system would be AWESOME to fix it up!

    #100712

    Jonathan
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    If you put every section on a stepper motor. then hook up a photo cell, rain detection sensor, and add a manual over ride. you could have it automatically open them at night/over cast days, and start to close them at the first sign of rain.

    #100715

    Kelly D
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    If you put every section on a stepper motor. then hook up a photo cell, rain detection sensor, and add a manual over ride. you could have it automatically open them at night/over cast days, and start to close them at the first sign of rain.

    You sir, are pure evil. 😉

    #100716

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    I had a project in my last year of school…Nano, a few photo cells, cheapo linear actuator, tracked the sun with a 9′ parabolic mirror, returned to the start every morning. Might come in handy, all hands off, super easy to setup, dirt cheap. I am excited for this I have been telling all my friends. Are you going to align the board with the path of the sun or against?

    (It was for testing a pure crystal quartz glass chunk with concentrated sun, for a large molten glass solar collector)

    #100718

    Kelly D
    Participant

    Well now look what you’ve done Jonathan! No pressure now hey? You better bring beer.

    #100719

    Kelly D
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    Are you going to align the board with the path of the sun or against?

    The initial plan/thought/desire is/was actually to hide the pool underneath from the aerial photos I learned our county uses in taxation assessments (that’s Devonshire county if they are reading this…..in the UK.) They screwed me and my chainsaw carving endeavours over royally a few years ago so I have no love for them at all. However I wanted the ability to open the shutters up so we can let the sun shine in and see blue skies when we look up. I hadn’t given much thought to automating the setup but why not?! I’ll make sure whatever I plan has provision for manual and autonomous operation. And perhaps on demand function via buttons or a co trolmpad of sorts.

    I also want to devise a roller blind setup on each of the six spans which would be “walls” so we can extend the season a bit for the pool without having to get all ghetto like we did last year with market tents and tarps.

    #100720

    Jonathan
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    Well now look what you’ve done Jonathan! No pressure now hey? You better bring beer.

    Well I did leave out the motion sensor with led lights, that slowly come on with motion and fade away when no motion detected. With it also set up on a photo cell so it only turns on at night/over cast days.  Maybe I should stop typing it just keeps adding to your project.

     

    Wait. Mind you, I do like Ryan’s idea you could use it to heat the pool. Ok I really should stop typing…..

     

    There is already beers in my my garage fridge  for when you want to see my lights on my house.

    #100777

    Jonathan
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    Another idea for you Kelly, if you put flower pots at the corners and direct the run off rain water to them. You could add soil moisture sensors that would open drainage if they get to much water, so you don’t drowned them.

     

    or what about weight activated drink coolers in the corner. Using a micro switch with a peltier device.

     

    #100823

    Kelly D
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    or what about weight activated drink coolers in the corner. Using a micro switch with a peltier device.

    Have you been watching my Google search history?! I’ve been Googling how to hack an old roomba to make it turf friendly and strong enough to hold a bucket of ice.

    #100837

    Jonathan
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    or what about weight activated drink coolers in the corner. Using a micro switch with a peltier device.

    Have you been watching my Google search history?! I’ve been Googling how to hack an old roomba to make it turf friendly and strong enough to hold a bucket of ice.

     

    Lol nope, Originally I was just thinking of coasters.  Oh forget the roomba it’s motors aren’t strong enough. But do check out the Liam lawn mower. It’s a DIY robot mower, it should make for a good base for a cooler.

     

     

     

    #100840

    Kelly D
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    So here I was, chilling in the hotel room before tomorrow’s carving when I happened upon a

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    You and Ryan and Heffe are expensive, time consuming friends…….

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    #100850

    Jonathan
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    Hahaha,  here’s the one I’m currently building, I like the look of this one better then the Liam mower.

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    #100864

    Kelly D
    Participant

    Would you believe me if I told you when I got back to the hotel after I finished carving today the family was just finishing watching Alice in Wonderland (the Johnny Depp one)?

    It must be a sign.

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