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We finally have our logs/trees for building ready to go. Our foundation is squared away. We're using tie logs to connect bents together. But we are confused by how to connect tie beams and roof rafters that perpendicularly intersect the posts at the same height. Do we have to stagger our joints or is there a way to notch them without removing too much material?  

Our bents consists of an 8' log connected to a 14' log connected to another 14' log then connected to another 8' log. The roof between the 14' posts is higher than between the 8' and 14' posts so it's not a continuous roof. There is a 2' clear story between roofs. As it is both the tie beams between bents and the roof rafters between the 14' posts and the 8' posts meets at the same intersection but I feel like I'll be cutting out too much material for tenons if I leave them that way. Which leaves me the option of either lowering the roof rafters or the tie beams between bents. I already will have a through tenon for the beams between bents.

Surely someone here has way more experience than I...
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