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Old 05-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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I want to build a small play house for my son and plan on doing a gable roof. My question is should I fasten the rafter tails to the ridge on the ground for the end and front gable then put them up on the top plates of the play house and then work on the rafters in between?
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Yes. Build your gables on a flat surface. That way you can ensure that both gables match. Once they are in place, install your ridge then fasten each rafter accordingly. Use a birdsmouth where the rafter meets the top plate. You can use the gables as a template for each rafter. Of course remember to allow for the thickness of the ridge board for the length of the rafters. If you are lightly framing or securing your roof and gables, add some bracing from the bottom mid point of each gable 45 degrees to the ridge board. This will prevent your roof from racking.

Have your son help you.
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For a play House I would just build simple trusses on the ground then set them from one end to the other. KISS Method.
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For a play House I would just build simple trusses on the ground then set them from one end to the other. KISS Method.
That is the best way, but if you need some headroom or just for looks, a rafter roof works. Just depends.
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That is the best way, but if you need some headroom or just for looks, a rafter roof works. Just depends.
He did not say how he is tying his walls together. If he wants head room he can go to a tied rafter, but you cant just stick build with nothing like ceiling joists there to keep the walls from splaying. Its like one foot on the dock and one in an untied rowboat, we all know what happens there.
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a small play house for my son
I suppose you could use scissor trusses with hurricane ties...just kidding
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