Cutting birdsmouths for rafters

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Salmonberry, May 23, 2006.

  1. Salmonberry

    Salmonberry Registered Nut

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    Not ever having made any birdsmouth cuts I've got a question about the procedure. Is the cut made similiar to stair stringers where the initial cut is made with a skilsaw and then followed up with a handsaw to complete the cut to prevent overcutting the mark?
     
  2. ericjeeper

    ericjeeper Well-Known Member

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    start it with the circular saw and finish it out with a hand saw.. do not over cut with circular saw and weaken the tail.
     

  3. Salmonberry

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    Thank you. Going to do it for the first time today on my shed.
     
  4. vicker

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    I agree! So many carpenders say that little over cut doesn't matter, but it does to me. It just takes a couple of extra seconds per bird's mouth to do it right for crying out loud. :D