Several years back I read a story about gang cutting rafters – so I started doing it on my framing jobs. Gang cutting means setting all your rafters on edge on racks and using specialized saws such as a 10 -1/4" Big Foot, 14" Big Boy, or a Headcutter and chainsaw to cut everything at once. We typically gang cut common rafters and will sometimes do the hip sets too.
This video shows the entire process – from racking the stock, to laying it out, and then on to cutting.
This video skips the layout and goes straight to the cutting.
Tim Uhler is a lead framer for Pioneer Builders in Port Orchard, Washington, and a Tools of the Trade contributing editor. He has been framing since his teens and has authored numerous technical articles and tool reviews for JLC and Tools of the Trade.
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