How to cut rafters?

Old 08-21-18, 03:32 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: New York
Posts: 507
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
How to cut rafters?

I have an addiction which is 6 ft x 8 ft, my span is 6 ft. I take my 6 ft span and divide that by half which would give me a 3 ft rafter plus 1 ft overhang making the total rafter 4 ft long, right? I know how to cut my 5/12 pitch angle at the top that nails to the ridge beam but how do I measure where my bird mouth has to be cut? It's been so long since I cut one before I can't remember.... Thanks
Old 08-25-18, 05:30 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 6,418
Received 66 Upvotes on 57 Posts
Cut the top angle, dry fit, and mark where the birds mouth should land. Then use this one as a pattern.
Old 08-26-18, 09:25 AM
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Ct.,USA
Posts: 3,395
Received 322 Upvotes on 284 Posts
The web is full of explanations.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: