Patrick's Barn: Roof Framingcomments (7) August 2nd, 2011 in Blogs
My body was hurting when I woke up yesterday. My cushy magazine job hasn't prepared me for the rigors of framing a pair of roofs on my new barn. Without the help of Fine Woodworking's Steve Scott and Matt Kenney, I don't think I could have done it.
Despite the hard labor, I can't imagine anything more satisfying than framing a roof. Last week, we framed and sheathed the shed roof, thinking it would make it easier to access the main roof, which it did. I started the main roof on Friday by building a scaffold to help me reach the ridge board. Combined with some other preparations and the cutting of a template rafter, this work took me all day. I would have kept cutting rafters, but a steady rain forced me to quit around 5:00.
When Matt showed up on Saturday, we started cutting rafters in earnest and began nailing them in place. It was very satisfying to have all the rafters fit without tweaking. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to sheath the main roof. I haven't decided if it's easier to muscle the sheets through the rafters or use the shed roof to drag the sheets over the ridge and lower them down the other side. Anybody have suggestions?
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