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Blog entry by ClayO posted 1165 days ago 6951 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this video to show how to figure and layout a roof rafter. Check it out and let me know what you think.

http://youtu.be/7QuJYtq8MsU

-- Clay, North Georgia, ironwoodconstructiongroup@gmail.com



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Beginningwoodworker

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posted 1164 days ago

Great video, I was taught to lay out rafters with a framing square using the step off method.

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ClayO

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posted 1164 days ago

Thanks. I wanted to show that also but I ran out of time. I’m planning on putting another video together on how to do it though.

-- Clay, North Georgia, ironwoodconstructiongroup@gmail.com

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garypr

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posted 1163 days ago

Awesome video The construction master pro is the best tool on any production framing job. I like the rake wall function, however framing is never done the same here in AZ as it is on the east coast. Our rake walls are built in one piece opposed to a regular wall with a pony wall built on top of it. The construction calculator is also good when your building arches as well. Very sweet saves lots of time trying to fumble with two tape measures. I prefer to use a 2×6 for the rafter so you can have a seat cut and more over hang at the same time. I applaud your video its apparent you know what your doing.

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ClayO

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posted 1163 days ago

Thanks, Gary! You’re right, it really is a time saver when you learn how to use it. My dad still uses the same roof framing book that he always has. He still has his guys measure every jack rafter. I try and try to get him to use the calculator but I guess you can’t teach old dogs, right. I’m originally from Tx. so, I know what you mean about how things are done different in different areas.

-- Clay, North Georgia, ironwoodconstructiongroup@gmail.com

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KenFitz

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posted 1066 days ago

Now that is the best explanation I have ever seen. Thanks so much. Don’t have any to cut now but bookmarked the video.

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Dusty56

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posted 1066 days ago

Thank you for sharing your knowledge : )

-- "I've got an hour glass figure , but , it's later than you think"! _Minnie Pearl

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