Sunday, February 22, 2009

Interlocking Rafters

The lowest lookout rafter and the last rafter tail are a bit tricky to construct because they need to share the same space at the low end of the end gable wall. They need to cross over each other to be long enough to properly support the corner of the roof.

To resolve this problem, I notched out the top half of the lookout rafter and the bottom half of the rafter tail (actually a double tail). I installed the lookout rafter first, then placed the rafter tail over top. Finally, I attached a small steel plate (similar to what's used to hold trusses together) on top to tie everything together.

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