A cherry cruck frame part 5: Round rafters

What are round rafters?

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 The kind we’re after create a barrel roof. And that kind does not grow in the woods.

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So you take what grows in the woods and cut it into boards.IMGP3360

And give them as much time to dry as you can give them.

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Next you need a surface on which to set up your jig. How about the deck of the structure you’re building?

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The array of brackets is bolted down on the radius of the roof.

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Stack up enough boards,

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line up enough help and Gorilla glue,

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and work fast for an hour, and give it a night to set up.

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Repeat as needed.

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These also prefer to be moved with heavy equipment.

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First to the bandsaw for a skim cut.

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Then to the planer for a skim planing.

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Woodchips everywhere! Glorious.

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Then you fill up the shop.

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Make repairs, where there are holes

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And never forget to have some fun!

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For finishing they go back outside. Probably to make room for the cruck blades.

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Some get mortises or slots for glass.

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Rafters sitting on the frame at end of raising day 1.



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