What are pergola rafter tails? They are the bits you can see sticking out of the end of the rafters on the top of the pergola. You can see a curved rafter tail design in the photo below.
The Design Templates
It’s great to have your own individual style, and the pergola end design templates will help you to achieve a truly individual look for your pergola.
There is one plain design and seventeen other pergola rafter tails to choose from, which have curved edges and classy lines!
Included are designs for both 6″ and 4″ deep rafters.
All you have to do is download the file, print off the design you like, copy it onto card and mark it on the end of your rafters.
Simple – yet very effective.
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LauraCalifornia, United States.
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There are 18 pergola rafter tails here to choose from, ready for you to use. All you do is simply place the template onto your rafter end, draw the outline and then cut with a saw. Easy!
Using the Rafter Tail Templates
The templates show how to cut the notches for rafter tails that sit flush with one another. This is what they look like. To achieve this style, the notches are cut to half way.
Another type of rafter is the raised rafter. It gives a really great effect. The notches are cut part way (at 1″ instead of the 2″ halfway mark) in order to make the top rafter sit slightly higher than the supporting rafter.
The third rafter style is a very easy way to build a pergola: no notching required! The rafters are un-notched so that they sit fully on top of the supporting rafter.
These modifications mean that you can make significant style changes to your pergola, not only with the different pergola rafter tails, but also in the way that the rafters are fixed together.
Choose which style you would like. Mark the rafter tail and notches with your template, and you are ready to go!
View the Templates
You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read this file. It’s a simlpe process and it’s free! Many website use it now so it will come in handy for the future.
You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download without leaving this page).
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If you want to open the file in your browser window, you can just click on the link.
However if you want to download the file to view later, then right click on the link and choose “Save Target As” or “Save File As.” Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.
In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the “Print” option from your file menu.
Tools You Will Need
All you need to cut the straight rafter tail ends is a hand saw.
To cut the around the curved template marks you will need a jigsaw and a workbench. If you don’t have these or a friend that can lend them to you, you can buy one online by following the links below:
Downloading the Templates
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It’s easy to do. Just fill in your name and email address in the form below and you will be able to download the 18 Free Rafter Tail Templates immediately.
Check your inbox for the email that contains the download link and password.
If you can’t find it, please check your junk/spam folder.
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