This being a holiday weekend, I had a whole day and a half to work uninterrupted! Saturday morning was rained out, so I couldn’t get out there until early afternoon. I started by finishing the front wall.
After that, the rest of the daylight was spent making gussets for the rafters.
After making one to spec, I used it as the template for all the rest. This would have been a lot easier if I could have located the miter fence for my table saw, but I couldn’t, so I cut the parts with my skill saw. All of the gussets were ripped from a 4 x 8 sheet of OSB, the remainder which became a makeshift workbench. The completed gussets are sitting on the left side of the bench.
Sunday arrived with clear skies, bright sun, and a slight chill in the air! It was time to make some rafters! But first, I had to add one piece of siding to square up the wall and provide support. The cross-bracing on that wall was one of the boards destined to become a rafter.
To start making the rafters, I began by marking the center of one of the uncut rafters. After aligning the center with the one of the floor joists and marking the sill plate, I drove a nail into the floor at one end to use as a stop. That made it easy to mark the other rafters - just slide it to the stop and mark it. Once marked, it could be cut. Then I marked two 27° angles and cut those. I only did a couple that way before I realized I could just mark the centerline, use it to mark the angles, then just cut the angles. That saved me a cut and was a little easier than trying to cut off such a small triangle.
After cutting the top angles, it was time to add a bird’s mouth to each end so the rafter would sit securely on top of the wall. To make that as easy and consistent as possible, I made a template out of cardboard, marked each board, then cut them with a jig saw.
Bird’s mouth cut
Then it was back to the floor where I could align the halves and add the gusset. I used the same center mark along with a couple of nails in the floor to set the correct angle.
This one already has one gusset in place and a second one awaiting proper alignment and screws.
After that, it was just repeat the steps until I had them all made. My son and I worked together to get them on top of the walls and locked into place. I bought hurricane ties to attach them. The drill battery died before the first one went up, so each of them started with two nails. I added temporary supports so I could make the rafters plumb, then we went back and added screws once the battery was charged.
After that, we were running out of daylight, so we put away the tools and supplies. Next week... the roof!