Step 17: Cut the Rafter Tails

cutting the rafter tail
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Use a jigsaw to cut the tail along the line you marked. Trace the profile onto the ends of the second rafter, and cut the tails. Then use the second rafter to trace the profile onto the opposite end of the first rafter, and cut the last tail.
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    Tools List

    • sledge hammer
      sledgehammer
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver and 1-inch paddle bit
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • hand clamps
      clamps
    • combination square
      combination square
    • flexible curves
      flexible curve to draw profile for rafter tails

    Shopping List

    All lumber listed is western red cedar.

    2x4s Get twelve 8-foor boards.

    1x4s Get at least four 8-foot boards.

    1x2s Get at least nine 8-foot boards. 2x6s Get three 8-foot boards.

    2x2s Get two 8-foot boards or five 4-foot spindles for the purlins.

    ¼-inch spacers cut from scrap.

    Post anchors Get four.

    Construction adhesive

    Stainless-steel trim-head screws You need three sizes: 1¼ inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch.