Nov 172017

On a very, very chilly day (temperature floating around the low single digits!), we were in the workshop slicing the bevelled ends on our eleven rafters we made yesterday. The six “B” rafters had one version of the template used to guide the giant circular saw machine and the five “D” rafters had the other second version of the template.
But first, each template had to be adjusted from their original 32 degree setup and moved over to deal with the newer 33 degree cuts, making sure they were accurate and consistent.
The Bevel Slicing Machine was set to 43.8 degrees and we carefully proceeded to cut the ends off the eleven rafters. It took us until mid-afternoon to do this task and we felt that it was going to get dark too soon so we switched plans and went outside to measure the distances for the next set of rafters over on the back extension of the house over the Bedroom Two. The “J” and “L” sections of the roof which has hardly any regular straight rafters, just one on the “J” side and all the rest having bevelled ends. This called for a different method of of positioning where the rafters will be situated. So we got out our laser line generator to hook up on top of the wall and shine perpendicularly a red vertical line onto the diagonal “JK” Hip beam. We did this for J7 and J9 and also moving over to the other side, shining a similar vertical red line on the “KL” diagonal beam to get L1 and L4 distances. We took the minimum lengths (right in the corners) which are the J9 and L1 rafters and then the longer lengths rafters, J7 and L4 which are the last to sit on the “J” and “L” walls. All this information is now in our ever growing spreadsheet and next week or indeed tomorrow, we will start preparing all the material bits and pieces to make another bunch of rafters!
So tomorrow, we will (hopefully .. weather permitting) will get installed the “B” and “D” rafters and get that section of the roof all completed.

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Nov 162017

After a delayed start, we got on with the creation of the rafters to complete the “B” and “D” roof sections. But first, we filled up our “compressed air” glue  dispenser and have very nearly finished our second drum of glue (25 litre bottle), we brought in our third drum to warm up with which leaves just one more 25 litre drum in the garden shed, hopefully we will have enough to finish off all the rafters for the rest of the roof!

We did the three smallest rafters before lunch and then proceeded to complete the further eight rafters in four sessions of two rafters at a time.

Tomorrow, we will slice the bevelled ends on all of them and then hopefully, weather permitting, we will get them installed up into the roof!

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Nov 142017

After a slight delay to the start of the working day, we proceeded with the preparation task for the collection of rafters over the front extension of the roof. We brought in 16 more plywood strips and cut the new 33 degree angled ends on them all. Next, on half of them, cut the notch […]

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Nov 132017

For the start of the new week, we start dealing with the 33 degrees angled roof sections, namely the “B”, “D” plus the “J” and “L” sections that makes up the area over the front door and Entertainment Room extension and the area going back extending over Bedroom 2. We spent the day converting our […]

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Nov 102017

In quite strong winds, we concluded the job of hoisting and installing the remaining rafters to complete the “E” section of the roof. Well, actually, there is an additional bit of the “E” section to do but this is part of the porch extending over the back door over the Utility Room and that will […]

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