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Plans for a Wooden Kiosk

Joanne Robitaille

Wooden kiosks can be a convenient platform from which to share information with a large audience in an outdoor setting. The covered roofing protects announcers from the elements and the structure is sturdy enough that it will not be knocked down easily.

Use pressure-treated and sealed lumber so that the kiosk will be better able to stand up to varying weather conditions throughout the year.


  1. Apply a coating of wood glue to the front of the plywood board. Lay the cork board on top and press firmly down. Turn the board over so that the cork is facing the ground and leave it to dry.

  2. Measure and cut two of the 6-foot-by-6-foot posts to a length of 8 feet and 3 inches. The top of each post should be cut on a 15-degree angle. The front two posts only need to be 7 feet tall, but have the same 15-degree angle at the top.

  3. Cut the 2-foot-by-8-foot planks into 3-feet lengths to form the rafters. Each end needs a 15-degree angle to match the posts. Secure them to the sides of the posts, flush with the top, using lag screws. Attach each plank to a long post (back) and a short post (front).

  4. Connect the two halves using 4-foot lengths of 2-foot-by-8-foot planking along the front and back. Each plank should lay flush against the outward facing edge of the posts (at the top) and be screwed in place.

  5. Measure and cut the 2-foot-by-6-foot planking into 12 pieces, each measuring 4 1/2 feet in length. Secure nine of them to the rafters lengthwise using 2 1/2-inch screws. The remaining three should be screwed down the back of the kiosk starting right at the top of the structure.

  6. Cover the roofing slats with construction adhesive. This will act as a sealant and protect the wood from weathering.

  7. Nail the shingles to the roof structure. Install an aluminum drip edging under the first row of shingles. Lift the row of shingles and slide the edging underneath. Apply a continuous line of roofing cement along the top of the edging, then press the shingles back down.

  8. Measure and cut two pieces of 2-foot-by-8-foot lumber the same width as the kiosk structure. Make sure the ends are flush with the outer edges of the posts. Secure the first one to the back posts 3 1/2 feet from the bottom of the posts. The top edge of the second plank should measure 42 inches from the bottom edge of the first plank. Nail the sign board (plywood with cork front) to the planks facing the front posts.

  9. Tip

    The bottom 12 inches of each post will be buried beneath the ground when the sign is installed.