Last weekend we started to put the roof together for our sugar shack. It will ultimately be an open-walled pole structure to house our maple syrup evaporator. We'll be able to make much more syrup once we're able to get a roof overhead the whole operation. No more standing around in the cold drizzle!
The first task in getting up the roof was to set the ridge pole over the center of the framing. I got the longest 2 x 8 available, but I still wish it was a few feet longer so I could have an nice overhang on the end. I have an idea as to how to make an overhang in a slightly different way, so it will still probably work out.
Next we had to measure out the angles for the rafters. I personally do not enjoy doing math, so we measured out the first rafter while holding it in place. We got the perfect angle on the second try. Not too bad. This rafter became the "cookie cutter" by which we measured and cut all the others.
Measuring out the first rafter was a two person job. Luckily, we have enough ladders.
As a side note, the weather is starting to become hat-weather...Nice. My favorite time of the year!
A cluster of turkeys watches our progress from the background, while their constant gobbling urges Erica further up the ladder.
The first rafter is measured and set. We ended up completing 1/2 of the rafters. Today the plan is to finish up the roof and get ready to put on some covering and make a cupola from which the steam from the evaporation process will escape later in the week.
Did you know? Rafters make great race-car ramps!