King Posts and Ridge Beams
Next we make the king posts and attach them to the beams with lag bolts.
The North/South ridge beam is brought up and laid across the East/West beams.
First Ridge Beam
The last two king posts are secured then the ridge beam is lifted into place. Then a small corner brace is added between the king post and ridge beam.
Second Ridge Beam
Four rafters for the South and North gable ends will be installed. I put these in place now to help secure the ridge beam so it won’t move laterally when the next ridge beam is installed.
These rafters are cut to length and have plumb cuts on both ends. They are then positioned against the ridge beam and laid over the North/South beams to mark the birds mouth cuts.
They are secured to the beams with screws.
The king post on the East facing gable end needed some adjustment to ensure it was plumb and square before the next ridge beam was placed.
The shorter East/West ridge beam is hauled up and bolted into place.
Connor then stained the rest of the frame.