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Project by Alex posted 12-16-2009 09:08 AM 4346 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This timber frame was also part of my program. all pine with white oak octagonal pegs, I mostly worked on the rafters and top plate. All traditional joinery, no nails or metal brackets. I also made the rafter tail template that we used for every rafter and to check the rafter pockets before raising. we also test fitted all the rafters before hand. the last picture you can the whole group we have. we used a crane only for the top plates and the rafters everything else was lifted by hand. Our program builds one every year, they are sold and have a waiting list of about 20 people so I’m told. We used 2 and 2 for all the joinery but 1 1/4 and 1 1/4 for the rafters because they are only 4” wide. The timbers were cut to size, but we hand planed the any twist out of them prior to the joinery.

thanks for looking :)

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada





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#1 posted 12-16-2009 09:45 AM

That looks like a fun project. There must be some demand for timber framers out there. I saw a timber framer from Montana headed south on I-5 through Tacoma last week. Suppose he was headed south for a warm job this Winter? ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 01:55 PM

Great education. A lifetime of remembrances will be with every kid hanging, standing & sitting on the frame.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 02:23 PM

I love timber framing, both doing the joinery and looking at the finsihed product

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 12-16-2009 05:04 PM

Boy am I envious! I want to build one of those someday soon. Looks like a really fun project.

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 05:58 PM

Thanks guys. Yeah Topamax, We have a couple companies in our area that go up to toronto, kingston and area… our rural areas are full of timber frames and log homes.

You guys can always come up here and take the program :P

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 06:15 PM

Great job on the joinery.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 06:22 PM

neat work Alex

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 07:19 PM

Great project! I took a timber framing class at the North House Folk School in northern Minnesota a number of years back and ended up building my own 14’x16’ timber frame. It was a rewarding project that took me a number of years to finish on my own, but now that it is done we use it all the time. I’m sure this will generate a lot of really good memories for years to come. Thanks for sharing!

CKM

-- CKM - Minnesota

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 05:02 AM

Alex, I ‘d be retired by the time I finished. If I didn’t retire, I might get too tired to finish :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-17-2009 05:12 AM

Cool project. I hope you guys will show a finished building. I think the timber frame building idea is really cool.

-- Steve-o

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Alex

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#11 posted 12-17-2009 07:04 AM

thats great CKM, I still have to buy a property before i make my own shop. would you happen to have pictures of your shop? I’d love to see it.

Topamax, Ah, it’s never too late…. but I see what you mean, eh ;)

Steveo, We don’t finish the timber frames, we put them up in front of the college and then later they get taken apart and moved… this will most likely happen next year. I would love to know where it ends up and go visit a few times, but we’ll see out it goes.

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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Alex

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#12 posted 12-17-2009 07:20 AM

here I figured I’d give a few more close up pictures of the joinery



-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 12-17-2009 07:49 AM

Is the 2nd one floor joists? Why only one dovetail? Do you dovetail every other one or every third one?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Alex

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#14 posted 12-17-2009 08:46 AM

yup, floor joists… I just checked the plans I have in our book, there’s no mention of dovetails, our teacher added this detail. If I remember correctly it was every second joist. In the end the ones with the post are dovetailed. I would help a bit to keep the sill plates from bowing out (just a bit :P)

BTW: floor joists and rafters are 4”x 6” and the posts and beams are 8” x 8”

-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#15 posted 03-15-2010 05:18 PM

This is so cool! I love timberframe.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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