A Small Woodworking Shop Expansion #8: A Few Setbacks and a Race Against Cold and Snow

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Blog entry by RonInOhio posted 12-19-2012 02:11 AM 1396 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Getting The Walls and Sheathing Up. Part 8 of A Small Woodworking Shop Expansion series Part 9: Progress Update December 22 »

My progress has been delayed due to a few setbacks. I had all the rafters cut. All the rafter hardware attached on the ridge, cut out the notches for the lookouts, everything was going fine.

Had all the rafters sitting pretty on their bird mouths and dry fitted nicely into their respective brackets on the ridge beam.

So I’m going over everything this morning, double checking everything before nailing the rafters down and then I saw it. Don’t know why I didn’t notice it before. Really kind of a dumb oversight.

When I cut the birds mouths on the original shed (a few years ago) I ended up cutting them really deep so they would rest over the entire length of the top plate, and then some. I don’t recall exactly why I did it that way but anyway, my addition’s rafters were setting about an inch higher on top than the rafters I did a few years ago !

Basically this meant instead of nailing everything down and purchasing ply for the roof and starting on that , I had to take down every rafter and re-cut the birds mouths so the rafters would be flush across the top with the other ones.

Oh well. Such is the life of a backyard carpenter . Ha.

This took up most of my time today. The weather forecast is calling for snow and cold after tomorrow . Have a doctors appointment tomorrow in the afternoon so need to get going early.

In the morning I will try to get the rafters nailed down and run out for the ply for the roof. Hopefully I can get the ply and roofing paper on tomorrow but that may be expecting too much. I don’t relish the idea of trying to get the roof finished in snow and cold.

I wasn’t a happy camper at all , but in times like these, I try to remain calm and collected as well as philosophical. Believe me that wasn’t easy to do at all in this case.

I have however learned a great deal about carpentry, I now feel confident that if or when, I build a structure in the future, I will know some of the pitfalls and things to expect. As well as things to avoid . The good thing is, I didn’t have to scrap any of the rafters I mis-cut .

Will try to get some updated pics up over the next few days.

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