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How to build an 8x7 Tudor-Style Shed

Section 8: Cutting and preparing the roof frame

Section 8.1. Cutting the rafters

Cut 14 rafters at 72" (1800mm) long with an angle cut in at one end 36.87 degree off square.

shed rafter

cutting the shed rafters Stand the rafters on edge, stacked next to one-and-other, on a couple of saw-horses, with the bottoms of the rafters facing up.

Make sure the ends are flush.

Hold them firmly in place with a clamp or two.

Pencil a line across the rafters, in 1/2" (37mm) from the square-cut ends.

Set the circular saw blade to a 45 degree angle and cut along the pencil line.

Use a disk sander to round the 45 degree cuts.
You can round them as little or as much as you like. It is solely for looks.

A Tip or Two!
There are 12 plan drawings you can refer to at anytime.
They are in Section 2.

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Section 8.2. Joining the fly rafters to the common rafters

fly rafter and common rafter joined

Now is as good a time as any to fix the fly rafters to the end common rafters.

Cut 12 blocking pieces 13 1/4" (330mm) long.

Stand 8 rafters side-by-side with their ends flush.

Pencil-mark across the eight rafters every 21 1/4" (530mm) down from the top. Three marks in all.

Spread the rafters apart in pairs.

Place three blocking pieces in between each pair.
Position the blocking on the top side of the marks on the rafters.
Ensure everything is square and nail the rafters to the blocking, creating a sort of ladder effect.

Section 8.3. Making the ridge board

Cut a 3/4" x 6" (150mm x 19mm) ridge board at 96" (2400mm) long. Cut a rebate at each end as shown in the drawing below.

ridge board for the shed

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