The next two posts will have to do with the Kitchen Ridge System, which is identical to the Bedroom Ridge System. One of the important features of this design is that the entire structure is based off of a mathematical grid that gives us various systems that are mirror images of each other. This feature allows us to increase our efficiency in the shop since the second of something always cuts faster that the first something, as we can use the knowledge gained during the fabrication of the first system to accelerate the process for other, similar, systems.
The Kitchen Ridge System is comprised of 4 posts, 3 ridges, a capital, and 3 knee braces. We are using all thread and nuts to hold the rafters to the posts, with a 1″ locator tenon to prevent the posts from twisting over time. The capital was used originally as a board stretcher, as two of our posts were not long enough for our original configuration which did not have the capital. The capital knee braces lap over the capital and then tenon into the ridges for an exceptionally strong joint.
The animation shown is a quick screen cast of me manipulating the model manually and shows how all the timbers connect together.