Building Roof truss systems for shed, barn, or a tiny house by Jon Peters

Building Roof truss systems for shed, barn, or a tiny house by Jon Peters

I’m build a tool shed for my lawn mower and garden equipment. Most of the building practices can also be applied when building a tiny House.
In this video I build the truss system for my shed, I decided to build the trusses before the wall because I wanted to use the shed platform / foundation for a level surface to design and build the truss system.

20 Replies to “Building Roof truss systems for shed, barn, or a tiny house by Jon Peters”

  1. Your video is well above average. Steady video, clear audio, zero attempt to be witty or cute, and no wasted time telling stories. This video plus some common sense will carry you far.

  2. Not really a roof truss… More so just a regular rafter system reinforced with gussets. A roof truss is designed with a heel height, whereas this has no butt cut whatsoever. Granted, it isn't a birdsmouth so it does have a bearing point of some sort. However, the combined force of the truss is being held up by only 2 screws into the cleat. But just the fact that you used a single gusset for the entire bottom chord goes to show that it structurally mimics a rafter. If I had to guess, I would say one of these 'trusses' have about the same strength as a 2-ply rafter. Though it isn't a truss, it's still not a terrible design by any stretch. However, these would not work in larger spans, and/or areas with a high snow load.

  3. I have a question, Jon. Why cut the 1/2" plywood cross pieces 7" wide, instead of 5" or 6" or even 9"? Is there some benefit to that particular size or was it for expediency? Thanks!

  4. To the critics, the dude showed you how to easily build the truss. For what he is building it for it's probably fine. To the people who just want to act like they know so much more, why the hell did you come to watch the video if you already know, Einstein? If you think yours need to be stronger then build it with nails or even bolts. Doesn't matter. It's a design of a truss. Personally, I was just looking at different designs and how to lay them out easier and quicker. For this truss he seems to have a good system and could have that structure up in no time. The jig is a damn good idea.

  5. Not everybody has one, but using a framing nailer (instead of screws…and I've seen several people mention the drywall vs construction screws) would speed this up quite a bit too.

    All the screws (and nails) are really there for anyway is to hold those sandwich boards in place until the glue sets.

    Thanks for making the process easy to understand.

  6. I think your collar tie is in tension, not compression. The plywood portion of the collar tie got you some strength, but the 2"4" sandwiched in between didn't really do anything for you, unless I'm missing something. Thanks.

  7. I like all of it except the way you attached the cleat for the truss to sit on the wall. I would probably have sandwiched it with the plywood as well just to make it a stronger joint.

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