Saturday, September 24, 2011

Roof Rafters 1

Even after the rain stopped this morning, the day remained very dark and very humid.

I spent the morning in the JayBee, reading roofing chapters in books...

...and drawing a rafter template on the floor of the JayBee. (In the photos below, I enhanced the lines of my drawings in Photoshop so you can see them.)

I am using 2x10s for my rafters. That's much more rugged than is required structurally; I want the added depth in order to install a lot of insulation in the roof.

I cut the peak end of a rafter (left end in photo below) with the miter saw and drew the tail cuts.

I cut the tail-end cut and most of the bird's-mouth cut with the circular saw and then finished the bird's mouth with the hand saw.

I then made sure the rafter matched the drawn template.

I cut another rafter to match--so I now have one as a template and one I can use to install and make sure the template is right. Hopefully tomorrow I will install my first roof rafter!

Also see:
Roof Rafters 2
Roof Rafters 3
Roof Rafters 4
Roof Rafters 5
Roof Rafters 6
Roof Rafters 7
Roof Rafters 8
Roof Rafters 9
Roof Rafters 10
Roof Rafters 11
Roof Rafters 12
Roof Rafters 13
Roof Rafters 14
Roof Rafters 15
Roof Rafters 16
Roof Rafters 17
Roof Rafters 18
Roof Rafters 19
Roof Rafters 20
Roof Framing Wrap-Up

I went on an eagle hunt late in the day. At least one eagle had been calling all day down by the river, so I went to see if I could spot it. I found more mushrooms (so added photos to yesterday's post) and signs that fall foliage colors are on their way.

When I got down to water's edge, I startled the eagle (who was directly overhead) who then startled me as it took off--so I didn't get a photo of it.

Guess who joined me?


  1. OK, I just have to say that I've looked at this post twice -- once last night and then just now -- and both times I burst out laughing when I got to that last photo. Bear is such a hoot :-)

    Anyway, to a non-builder like me, your rafters look very sophisticated! And since the weather is finally starting to cooperate, you won't lose momentum and be able to get going on installation -- yay. Do you have another day to work on the JayBee tomorrow, too?

  2. No, I don't have tomorrow to work on the house. I'll be at work. Maybe working will give my thumb time to heal; I hammered it good today!