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Part 2 of Motel O' Scope Build

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#1 John Miele

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 02:06 PM

I completed the cover a few weeks ago here...

 

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After a short break, I started the base platform and finally completed it this weekend. Here’s a few build pictures of the platform and cover assembly. The platform is made from a 48 x 20 piece of ¾” plywood. It sits on a 2x4 support frame bolted to the wood pier. The cover attaches with 4 latches and sits on a ¼” thick foam strip to create a good seal. I caulked everywhere I could think of to seal joints. I am letting it ventilate through a screened bottom opening in the platform up and out through the upper cover vent. I mounted a Dri-Rod and placed two rechargeable desiccant packs inside the enclosure and monitor temperature and humidity with a wireless Govee device. I plan to see how this works for a few weeks before deciding if more drastic measures are needed. So far it has been through two pretty good downpours and not a drop of water went inside.

The cover is surprisingly heavy and a bit awkward to handle, so I decided to add a pivot bar so I could rotate the cover up and off the scope in a controlled manner. After some trial and error about where to put the pivot point, I found a location that worked. I used a metal tube for the hinge and mounted some plywood hinge supports to the front of the base. This works quite well and I can still easily remove the cover completely and store it in the garage if needed. I checked clearance of the scope in all positions and the base does not interfere with any range of motion. I glued leftover foam pieces to the bottom of the base to provide some insulation and  I sealed the exposed edges of the plywood with TiteBond II wood glue before painting over it.  I read this was a good way to keep water from wicking in between the plies.

One screw up I made was using too long bolts to attach the handles and latches and to have the bolt heads on the outside. That was pretty dumb because I had to use a router and make several clearance openings in the base to let the cover fit down over the 1x2 pieces that frame out the top of the base and provide the lateral support to the cover. All the bolts were installed with caulk and I was too lazy to remove them and turn them around…sigh…I need to build everything twice to get it right!

So here is the underside of the base and the base support frame and the latches...

 

 

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#2 John Miele

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 02:08 PM

here is the overall view with and without the cover and the pivoting bar...

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#3 John Miele

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 02:08 PM

And with the cover open...

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 04:24 PM

What did you use for the top vent? I love this idea, and have a bunch of spare 4x4s and smaller lumber around for the pier and base.



#5 John Miele

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 06:13 PM

I used this RV roof vent from amazon...

 

https://www.amazon.c...2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==



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Posted 06 September 2021 - 06:14 PM

Well done, John. waytogo.gif

 

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#7 John Miele

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Posted 08 September 2021 - 01:01 PM

Thanks Joe!




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