New Shop - from the ground , up. #4: A month of progress!

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Blog entry by curliejones posted 05-01-2014 12:30 AM 1888 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started the rafter system today and snapped a few pics. This was me enjoying some of Shiner, TX. finest after the first wall section one month ago.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#1 posted 05-01-2014 01:08 AM

I envy you. It is looking very nice. It looks as though you are priming or painting all the lumber before you put it up. Is that correct and if so why? Whatever you are doing it makes for a great looking job site.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 05-01-2014 03:15 AM

I’m using an exterior flat white on all the framing lumber with the exception of the post and glu lam beam – that’s an exterior stain. MY wife says it glows in the dark, but my reason is that there’s hope for a little protection from the rain and sun. Since I intend to sheathe the building, the blocking is superfluous, but then again, I’m hoping that the paint and blocking will add some stability to the wood while exposed to the elements. This will take a while to get under roof and I hope there’s nothing to do over.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 01:49 AM

Congrats, moving forward is always positive

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 03:19 AM

Looking good. Congratulations on the build

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#5 posted 05-02-2014 03:32 PM

Looking good. If I only had that much room…....and time…...and $$$. I do have 1/2 a 2-car garage, so I really cant complain. When the weather is good I can back out the car, then I have a whole 2-car garage since everything is on wheels. Wheels provide options. Good luck and make lots-a-good sawdust.

-- DonB

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 07:40 PM

Finished up the last couple of rafters this morning and thought I’d post this very basic jig that helped me a lot. I only cut rafters every couple of years and looked around online for “tips and tricks” and only found the very basic method using the framing square and explanations of length, seat cut, plumb cut, etc. I was looking for some magic to make my rafter cuts consistently accurate. This was not magic, but evolved over the last couple of days and turned out to be a big help. Rather than use a rafter for a template ( 14 ft 2×8s should not be lifted unless you really need to move them), I decided to make my template from thin plywood. I ripped the plywood to match my 2×8s, or 7-3/8”, and used a miter saw to cut the proper angle. There are charts available online to tell you what angle (in degrees) a 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. in 12 pitch corresponds to. I marked out the “birdsmouth” cuts on the plywood using a framing square and here’s what’s new for me – I drilled two holes exactly 4” from both the angle cut for rafter ends and the seat cut of the birdsmouth. I made the holes in the template with a 1/8” drill bit. When I use the template to mark a rafter end cut, I also stick the pencil into each of the two holed and spin the pencil. I then use the straight edge of the jig to draw a line that is parallel to and four inches from my cut line. Four inches is the distance from the edge of my circular saw’s shoe to the blade. I place the straight edge of the jig along the four-inch line and use it as a guide for the saw. The picture shows parallel lines that mark my cut and the line parallel to it for my guide. Once I started using this method, my cuts became quicker and more accurate. For those of you who only occasionally cut rafters, I’ll say this made my work much easier. With a good sharp blade in the circular saw, only moderate pressure was required to hold the cutting jig in place.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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