Adding rafter brackets – green oak barn

Friday 25/6/21

I re-started work on the barn today after a collapsing terrace wall and bad weather pulled me away for a couple of weeks. The focus of this restart was determined by a comment by Peter Boxer on this blog post which set me wondering if the fixing method I’d used between the rafters and the wall plate was sufficient. I think it is, but Peter’s comment ignited a seed of doubt which wouldn’t go away. So after thinking about it over the last two weeks I decided I should strengthen these joints – all 60 of the them – while I could still get to them.

Rafter bracket

I opted to fix a 50mm x 60mm galvanised bracket at the foot of each rafter.

Rafter brackets

I think this is probably a bit over the top but it’s worth it to get rid of that niggle of doubt.

Key posts

How it started
The plan
The site folder
Dealing with wonky timber
Moving into the third dimension
Raising the Barn
Putting up the softwood roof
Fixing the wall panel frames: Day 1
Roof complete



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