After the rafters were raised and secured last Saturday, we moved on to attaching the purlins. These are the radial pieces between the rafters that will hold up the roofing material. In our case, these are fashioned from alder branches or saplings...
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Before we bought our new house and acreage in 2012, I wasn't remotely into woodworking...in fact, I was pretty solidly wood-incompetent. Our new place had a garden-variety work bench in the garage, and I bought a used radial arm saw because there are always things needed to be built for a rural property. I built a garden gate and a chicken coop (which turned out surprisingly like the drawings) and some other small things, but I didn't do much real woodworking until my dad passed down my grandfather's tools to me.
My grandfather was a general building contractor and finish carpenter back in the 1930s and 40s, and I inherited his 100-year old Disston saws, Yankee screwdrivers, chisels, a brace and a roll of (rusty) bits still in their canvas roll, and other hand tools literally from a bygone era. But because more projects needed to be built and I didn't have the fancy table saws and routers I saw in every magazine and online article, I tried to find "work-arounds" to do things while I saved up for big power tools. Then I discovered Chris Schwarz and Roy Underhill, who empowered me to believe that I already had most of the tools I needed...and I could make many of the ones I lacked for myself.
And the galoot addiction began...
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Well, the long-awaited barn raising day finally arrived this past Saturday, and my family in the area arrived to help. Wrestling eight 14-foot rafters was definitely a portion of the barn build that I could not accomplish alone. Of course, like an...
The barn raising is Saturday, so in the meantime, I’m attending to some other related things that need to be done, but that won’t get in the way of the ladders, braces, and people that will need to be in and around the structure in ord...
Inspired by Simon Dale's Low Impact Woodland Home, the roof for the barn will be held up by reciprocal frame rafters rather than a ridge peak or a truss system. This will allow a clear span beneath without support poles. Other web resources about ...
One of the design goals with the barn was to able to care for the goats, chickens, and the livestock guardian dog from inside the structure, without necessarily tromping around outside in the often-wet Washington weather. To that end, one of the b...