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Old 10-10-2018, 06:12 PM   #1
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Question about Garden Arbor Rafter Tail Proportions


I am in the process of building this garden arbor. http://www.arboria.com/products/stru...rosedale-arbor

For the rafter, I am using 2x6 lumber. I am creating a template for the cove cut/routing for the tail. I have measured the lumber width and it is 5 3/8''. For the cove, I have set 4'' (quarter circle) radius, and 1 3/8'' for the rest. I am wondering if this proportion is reasonable. I will do some test cuts to see the results.

Is there any website or link where typical proportions for different tail designs are shown? Thanks.


Also, to connect the rafter to the knee braces will 3'' #10 exterior wood fasteners suffice or should I use lag bolts?

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Search "rafter tail designs" and go to images. Print out a design you like, and figure out the ratios. Lot of the images have the lumber width so I think you can figure the ratios. Example, if the lumber is 2x6, assume the width will be 5.5", divide the width with half inch span lines.
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