11x15 cabin build part 6
The cabin roof is framed with roughsawn 2x6 rafters and a 3x8 ridge
beam. In the photo below some rafters were initially left out to make
it easier to set the logs that fill in the gables.
Here the gable logs are going in. They are stacked with just some
spacers in between, The first two interior rafters are against the
gable logs. The logs are held in place with nails driven
I placed the logs, nailed them and then cut them
flush with the chainsaw. It was tough making these cuts yup there. Next
time I would mark them and then take them down and cut them on the
You can also see where I notched the top edge of the top
logs. I should not have cut those notches. Later, I reattached the
little scraps to replace teh wood there.
This is one I did cut on the ground. The notch is for the ridge. It is
oversized to make it possible to chink.
Here is a view from the inside.
Below, the gable logs have all been placed, the remaining rafters have
set and 1x6 planking is being installed. Later, the ends of
planks were trimmed to overhang the gable rafters by 1.5 inches.
Time to nail on the shingles. Here I have fastened a 2x2 to temporarily
hold the first course of shingles.
One thing that I failed to do
was to place shingle underlayment on the planks. This is an important
step that should be performed in order to prevent moisture from
reaching the planks
The shingles are positioned with about 1/4" gap between each.
This is to allow them to expand and contract with changes in
The first course gets a second layer of shingles. The gaps for
this layer should be at least 1.5 inches from the gaps in the
4 penny galvanized nails are driven 3/4" from each edge of the shingle
and 6 inches up from the bottom. Initially, I snapped chalklines at 6
inches up. Later I realized that the shingle hatchet has a yellow band
on the handle at 6 inches. By using that to gage the nail location, I
was able to speed up the process.
Next comes the second course. I ripped some boards to the shingle
exposure dimension (4.5 inches for this roof). The board foms a ledge
for couse #2.
Once you get started, it is just a matter of repeating the steps. Note
that only the first course is a double layer.
of the shingles in the bundles are very wide. It is necessary to split
these so that no shingle is larger than 9 inches wide.
will probably split later which could occur over an underlying gap and
cause a leak.
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