Installing rafters with a narrow spreader bar- still possible, but much, much harder. Had to "launch" the rafters up over the wall with the leader rope and coordinating with crane operator

3 years, 1 month ago

cutting a rafter for my cabin with the Hud-Son Oscar 121 sawmill. The saw came with a 12 foot track, but I need to make 26 foot rafters, so I welded another 18 feet of track for a total of 30 feet of track, along with extra log dogs. a 4"x12"x26' rafter costs around $300 from the mill or lumber store, and for 28 rafters, that's about $9,000. I got this sawmill for a few thousand dollars, so I'm saving about $7,000 on the rafters by making them myself. This will help keep the total cost of this cabin down to about $20 per square foot - around $60,000 for a 3,200 sq ft log home. see my blog: https://loghomejourney.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/cutting-rafters/

3 years, 3 months ago