Fixing the Softwood Hip Rafters – green oak barn

Tuesday 6/4/21

I didn’t get much time on the project today but I did cut spacers to put under the seat of both hip rafter birdsmouths. Predictably, this solved the non-alignment problem discussed yesterday.

New softwood hip rafter alignment

However, putting in the spacers moved the heals of the birdsmouths away from the side face of the wall plate leaving a gap. See the before and after images below.

Hip rafter HAP Hip rafter birdsmouth heal gap

I now need to decide if I can live with this or whether I should cut new hip rafters. I suspect the answer will be “no”. But I’ll sleep on it.




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