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Jack, Common, & Hip Rafters

By Sandy Connolly on December 02, 2013

Why are some rafters called Jack and others just called Rafter?  Do you know?  I do 🙂 At least I think I do, because I asked Rick, but that was a while ago.

The jack rafter is shorter than the “common” rafter.  Typically, a jack rafter is used because something else is going on.

For example, in a hip roof design, the rafter that connects to the hip rafter will be called Jack.

Timber Frame Bus Shelter

Timber Frame Bus Shelter

Do you see the common, jack and hip rafters?  I hope I have this correct, Jessie?

Common, Jack and Hip Rafters

Common, Jack and Hip Rafters

Timber Frame Bus Shelter

The Cutest Timber Frame Bus Shelter Ever!

If you are driving through Weathersfield, VT, take Exit 8 off of Interstate 91 to stop in and take a look and this cute timber frame bus shelter.

As always, thank you for stopping by our Timber Framer’s Blog. If you like this bus shelter, or have any timber work questions, we encourage you to get in contact, ask an expert, or share your thoughts in the comment section below!

2 comments
  1. Emery says:

    Well hello jack, common and hip 🙂 so glad you are on the blogging team Sandy, having fun, I can tell!

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