Saturday, January 31, 2009

Still doing rafters

While you can see the end of the line (on the left of the photo), we are still working away at rafers on the high/southern side. We've decided the simplest and most accurate way to cut the half circle notches out of the rafter - so they sit on the beam and hold on well-- is to use a saw and chisel. Typical notching; you make a series of vertical cuts, then use the chisel to cut out the waste between the cuts and clean up the notch.

First you do one end:

Then back down to the other end.

It still takes quite a while as each notch is unique and we have to get the rafters to be exactly level to each other.

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Starting anti-fire prep

Well, we never really stop.  But, took a picture of today's raking below the yurt.  Every year I work to get a bit wider swath cleared....