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Have You Ever Heard Of Cutting Your Rafters? Listen Up

By Casey Longhorn

One of the most long jobs in homebuilding may be the cutting of a roof. In a number of cases it can take as long to chop and frame the roof as it does to border the remainder of the house. It may also need a lot of space to complete the job. It is in ones best interests to plan in advance in the course of construction to be prepared when it is time to cut the roof.

Whether the roof be an easy gable roof or a complicated roof with multiple hips and valleys you would like to be well placed to cut more than one rafter at a time. Sawhorses become a valuable commodity in the roof cutting segment of construction. Cutting six or even more rafters is what you need to try for. To succeed in this there are one or two options available to the roof cutter.

If you only have one set of horses, nail an eight foot 2×4 flat to the top of them. This will allow you to mark and cut six or more rafters depending on their width.

The 2nd option is to utilise 2 pair of sawhorses. Like the prior option, nail a 2×4 flat overboard of two horses. In this example you aren’t restricted to an 8 foot 2×4. You may use an eight, ten, twelve, or perhaps a sixteen ‘ 2×4 dependent on how much room you’ve got to work in.

The 3rd choice is to make your own sawhorses out of a 2×10. Put legs on it just like a standard sawhorse. Again, your only limitation is what you have available for length of 2×10 and how much room you’ve got to work.

Another time-saver is to make a rafter pattern. To do that, pick the straightest piece if lumber you’ll find from the rafter material. Once you’ve determined the length of your rafter from the plumb cut to the birdsmouth, the depth of the birdsmouth, and the length of the rafter tail, transfer this info to the material. Once you have marked all this on the 2x, carefully and precisely cut the rafter. This will be your pattern for the remainder of the rafters so you would like to be precise with your cuts.

The next move is to nail stops to the top of the pattern. Cut two pieces of plywood about 6″ long by 2 1/2″ wide. Nail one to the top of the 2x about 2″ from the plumb cut, letting it hang over both edges of the 2x one half inch. Nail the other piece just above the birdsmouth. You now have a pattern to mark the rest of your rafters without having to measure each and every one of them.

When you are ready to start cutting the rafters, lay as many boards on the horse as you can and have enough room for the saw to fit in between each one. When laying the boards on the horses, have all the crowns pointing in the same direction (When looking down a board while flat most boards are bowed one way or the other. The convex side would be the crown). Take the pattern and lay it on top of each board with the plywood stops resting on the crowned edge and mark them.

You’re now prepared to chop rafters. When making your cuts, cut the pencil line. Cut the plumb cut first and then move to the birdsmouth and tail. Dependent on how many rafters you are cutting you could have to slip them back and forth so you aren’t reaching over to far to make your cuts with the saw. When cutting the birdsmouth it is alright to over cut it to completely take away the material.

Homebuilding and cutting rafters could be a perilous job. Always exercise caution and safety when framing or employing a skilsaw.

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Longhorn, Casey "Have You Ever Heard Of Cutting Your Rafters? Listen Up." Have You Ever Heard Of Cutting Your Rafters? Listen Up. 11 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 16 Aug 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/have-you-ever-heard-of-cutting-your-rafters-listen-up/>.

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