Rafters!

Posted: September 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Rafters are 8” at the top and 6” at the bottom(eaves).  They are assembled on the ground in pairs.  Two logs are laid side by side…overlapping 11” at the 8” end.  Clamped…or strapped so they are secure together then drilled so a 1/2” AT(all thread) can be tapped through and connected with washer and nut.  The set is now connected and ‘hinged’ at the center.  Pulleys are then used as normal to lift onto the wall.  Once at the wall the lift points are shifted allowing a second pulley set to be used to pull set over the ridgepole.  As the rafter set is pulled over the ridgepole it falls onto the far wall with great force once past the ‘tipping point’.  Always an exciting moment.  Once on the ridgepole a layout is made and rafter sets are moved into position.  We use 5/8” lags to secure the rafters on the wall and on the ridgepole.  Bonnie and I has some great help while putting rafters up this year…Jason and Katie…both graduates of the Onalaska Log Building School came over with their Monster Van and were lifesavers.  We ended up being short two rafters and had to go back into the woods to fall four more trees.  Jason and Katie made it easy with their Monster Van.  With all the trouble we had getting those trees to lay down we should have just chained up the trees to the hitch of that nasty van and just had Jason drive home.  It sure would have made it simpler!  Thanks Jason and Katie!

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  1. Hi Dave, I followed you here from the Log Cabin group on FB. I’m building a small 10×12 butt and pass cabin and have a question about the rafters. When lifting them, did they tend to scissor any at the joints or did the all thread hold them securely at the joints? Just wondering. Sure appreciate watching your build since I’ve started mine. I”ve got a ways to go yet before rafters but has been a concern of mine. Thanks for any insight you have!

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    • Hey! I can’t even remember if I’ve answered you…sorry. How are you doing now? To answer your rafter question…the ‘all thread’ that we used worked wonderful….we connected the 8″ logs and pulled them up and bending was happening…but was just fine…we got them over the ridgepole and them pushed them down the ridgepole into their place…whallaa!! All went well. My email is davesummerill@gmail.com if you’d like to contact me. Dave.

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