Chris from teaches you how to build roof rafters for your shed or outbuilding. This video walks you through all the steps of building roof rafters including:
Cutting the rafter boards to length.
Cutting the birdsmouth.
Building a jig on the shed floor to make sure all the rafters are exactly the same.
Nailing on the gussets.
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I wish I could nail roof rafter gussets that fast!
Great video, I learned a lot!
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Our fourth video in the How To Build A Shed Series shows you how to build rafters for your storage shed roof. In it we teach you how to measure, mark and cut the rafter birds mouth, seat and ridge cuts. You will also learn how to construct a jig on the shed floor so that every rafter you build is the same size as the others. Building a shed roof is easy if you follow the right steps. Check out this video, and the others in the how to build a shed series, to learn how to build a shed roof and all the other parts of your backyard shed!
+iCreatables So the gable ends just have on gusset on the inside?
+William Disterdick Yes that is correct. The ends have gussets on the inside so that the siding will not hit it. The siding acts as the gusset for the two gable rafters.
How long were the 2x4s you used to build the rafters?
We used a rafter length of 4′-6 and 13/16″.
great video. did you use glue for the gussets?
Someones got skills. Nice work and good to see people still take some pride in what they do.
Very good idea to check the rafter fit on the floor before the walls were built!!
Subscribed! Not 100% but who makes videos that are? I like the quick, yet thorough explanation and the pace the video moves at.
@Jeronimo Perez Thanks for the comments and thanks for watching!
I think that plywood would have made stronger gussets and could also have been glued then screwed.
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I agree on the ply, although I think OSB is strong enough for a small shed roof, especially if you have little to no slow-load. Nails are better than screws though–screws are usually more brittle and break, leading to more failures than nails, which have some natural “give” to them.
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superb instructional video, will save me loads of time 🙂
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Amazing, thanks so much!
Your hammering is quicker than any nail gun!
Thank you for sharing this!
All the work you go through you could just add the rafter tie and a vertical 2×4 in the center and have a simple truss, stronger and less fooling around !!!
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Thanks for these videos, I never knew the first thing about building a structure but this series is teaching me a lot!
Best video instructions on YouTube. Great video.
Thank you. Great videos!
238 Good ole boys who have to do things their way.
I am building a similar shed, what plans did you use? Or how do I determine the gusset dimensions?