Friday, July 28, 2017

Second Roof Beam Complete

Up and down a ladder all afternoon to complete the second roof support beam. For better support for this large roof rather than scabbing the support beam on the posts I cut joints in the ends, for the beam to sit in. Doesn't seem to be much interest in books or construction projects so probably no need to say this, but I will say it anyway, when making a long beam like this one, stagger the joints, two joints on one post is a weak spot.

The first picture is the finished joint to accept the beam. No power tools here, cut with a hand saw standing on a step ladder, be safe tie the ladder off.

Stagger your joints.

All finished, two down and one to go.

A future project will be to add a steel channel on each side of the beam. Bolted through the posts and beam it will receive a hoist to do vehicle and equipment maintenance, no more jacks, and it will be easy to unload heavy items off my truck.