Truss Me

Last week I spoke about getting the siding installed on the workshop, and this week I’m going to talk about building and installing the roof trusses. However, in this case, building the roof trusses occurred well before I ever began to install them. That’s because the Family Handyman instructions that I am (mostly) following for this build had me build the trusses right after laying the workshop floor. This offered a flat surface to work on while allowing me to install guide 2”x4”s which made the whole process a lot quicker and easier.

My trusses have a shorter overhang and slightly less pitch than what is in the plans.

Using the guide laid out on the shed floor made it a simple matter to cut the 2x4s to length and build them into the truss above. In this part of the shed I was able to reuse a significant amount of 2x4s from the old shed as the cross beams of the 7 trusses that I built. After a few hours I had all of the trusses ready to install store for several months because I’m a slow builder.

All trusses built and ready for long term storage.

Luckily (or unluckily for Allyson) our garage has a decent amount of storage in it, so I was able to put these out of the elements until the framing and siding was complete.

I’ve never seen it, but I guess this is funny?
Siding installed and trusses installed. Next up, an overhang and some sub-roof.

You can see in the above photo that I used a 16 foot 2×4 to give support to the trusses until I could get the plywood sub-roof installed. The 2×4 support also helped me install the trusses straight and with the correct spacing. I measured out the correct spacing on both side walls and the support. Then I used those marks to install the back and front trusses, followed by the inner trusses. Each truss was installed securely by toenailing it into place into the top of the sidewall framing.

Leave a Reply