Is this considered woodworking? Big mortise and tennon!

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Is this considered woodworking? Big mortise and tennon!
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Hi all. This is part of my “Complete Housefront Makeover” project. Full blog and tons of progress pics of the whole (ongoing) build are up HERE

This build will have me completely change the front end of a 1970’s viceroy and turn it into (hopefully) a show stopper :)

I always wanted to try a larger post and beam project, and I saw this makeover series as a good opportunity to give it a go. It is all Western Red Cedar, although it dulls tools quickly, it is a beautiful wood to work with.
It’s amazing how well furniture building tools and techniques translate into timberframing….it’s just on a bigger scale!

So the first thing I needed to do was cut a 6X6X9’ wall tie, cut a half-lap, match it up with a 40” vertical and peg it together, and get it up in the air… myself…..lots of fun:
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Then cut the main rafter beams, brought them up one at a time and pegged them in place.
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And it starts to look like this:
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Now…what do you do when you need a couple of 3”X11”X 4’ chunks of red cedar, but no mill has any? Joint, plane, and laminate four 2X6’s of course
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Get out the pencil and the Lee Valley drawing bow, mark out some tennons and hit the bandsaw
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A little hand work, a couple more pegs, and voila: Knee Braces
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Thanks very much for looking,

Ryan Shervill

-- Want to see me completely transform a house? Look here:

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 07:08 PM

Yep, going to change the front elevation for sure! Also, nice woodworking.

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 07:18 PM

Its made of wood, sure looks like woodworking to me!

Great addition, I hesistate to call it a porch, very grand.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 07:20 PM

I’d call that extreme wood working…....great job….....................Svhloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 08:59 PM

Looks alot like woodworking to me! Great Job.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 08-07-2010 09:10 PM

Looks great, and YES I consider it woodworking.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-07-2010 09:31 PM

Lets see, wood – check, glue – check, bandsaw – check, Mortise/tenon – check, I’d say it meets the criteria. Is going to make a great entry!!!!

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 12:16 AM

Great wood working, Ryan.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 08-08-2010 01:00 AM

I love it.

-- Leroy

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#9 posted 08-08-2010 01:10 AM

So, did you play with Lincoln Logs when you were a kid? You’re going to have to match the house to this structure. That’ll keep you busy for a few weeks! Looks good so far!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 01:16 AM

Nice work!

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 01:54 AM

Looks great ,thats some heavy duty work.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 08-08-2010 03:03 AM

Love it. Post and beam is my favorite. I will follow along on your other blog.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#13 posted 08-08-2010 03:17 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship! definitely adds a nice touch to the house

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 08-08-2010 07:20 AM


-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 08-08-2010 02:48 PM

Oh-yaa wood is wood…....maybee…
the only problem with this is when think you are finished with it , is that the next
next ten years you will have to rebuild your house to a pallads to lieve up to the entrence…...LOL

looking forward to see it finished

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