Why the extra bar top layer?

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    The 45 degree bar seems to have an extra layer to its top. First there’s the 2×10. Then the base layer, then the gutter layer, and finally the bar top. I’m just curious if we could leave out a layer. Could we make the base layer also serve as the gutter layer by letting it overhang an extra 4 inches? Then put the top layer directly on top of it?

    The only downside I can see is that the gutter would be plywood instead of a nice oak board, but would there be any stuctural downside?

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