Oct 212017

Today,we took outside the completed three rafters, these being the E6 and E7 as well as I6. It was the usual case of using our winch motor to lift them up, do a test fit, make any last minute adjustments and then glue and nail the rafter into place.

Three Completed Rafters Now Up and Installed, Plus Extra Measurements Taken


Three Completed Rafters Now Up and Installed, Plus Extra Measurements Taken


Then we proceeded to take further measurements to get the distances for the “in-fill” sections on either side of the rafters (as they are the only full length rafters in these walls), the minimum and maximum lengths. We took down 2 pairs of measurements for the “E” section and another 2 pairs of measurement for the “I” section. All this then got entered into our spreadsheet which will calculate the lengths of all the remaining rafters needed to fill in these triangular areas of the roof.
But the next step on Monday is to complete the eight rafters for the “M” section and then get them installed, hopefully, on Tuesday.

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Oct 192017

This morning, we finished off preparing all the bits and pieces for making our next batch of rafters. We brought in 48 strips of the plywood webbing and proceeded to pair them up and slice the 32degree angled ends. Then eight pairs had the steel I-Beam (the large version) clearance slot put in, and the other three had the narrow version of the steel clearance slots. Plus a further 11 pairs had the wall top-plate clearance notches cut away. The final job before lunch was to chop up more internal straight noggins and some more little filler noggins too.
After lunch, we exactly trimmed all the CLS timber pieces (that had the scarf jointed extensions) to match what the spreadsheet indicates. We brought in a heap of polystyrene foam strips and then vacuumed the whole workshop to remove most of the sawdust as possible and then finally got down to assembling the three rafters, which were E6 and E7 and the I6 rafters.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will take these three completed rafters outside and installed them and get our workshop cleared, ready for the next eight “M” rafters to be created on Saturday.

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Oct 182017

Today, armed with our new version of the spreadsheet that now calculates everything from the basis of the measured bottom flange, we proceeded to bring in 15 lengths of 89mm CLS timber plus 11 lengths of the 63mm CLS timber. The first job was to cut the scarf joints in 12 of our 89mm CLS […]

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Oct 162017

Our new week started with us making a second saw guide template for doing “right-handed” Bevel slices. Next we serviced the Bevel Slicing Machine and made sure that all the nuts and bolts are tight and locked against vibrations by using thread lock glue (similar to superglue) and also mounted a handy wooden block on […]

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Oct 142017

Just before lunch, we tried out our new Bevel Slicing machine for the first time on the smallest rafter A22 to see how it went. The machine and template performed very well, we are glad to say! We took out this little 1 metre rafter outside to test fit it and it went in not […]

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Oct 142017

This morning, we concluded the creation of the new Bevel Slicing machine with the addition of of a G-clamp to anchor the required angle for the bevel. Then we created a much simpler guide template that fits over the end of a rafter and provide both a starting platform to rest the saw machine and […]

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Oct 122017

Today we got down to assembling all the bits and pieces into nine rafters that form the last sections of roof adjoining the “A” wall. We did three this morning (in two runs) and the remaining six this afternoon (in 3 runs). We used as much of the template as possible to maximise turnaround time. […]

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Oct 112017

We carried on with the preparation task for making the final Ten rafters that makes up the Roof section along the “A” wall. These ten rafters are the in-fill pieces that both goes along the Hip rafter (five for the PA diagonal travelling across the Great Room) and for the valley rafter (five for the […]

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