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Project by Nate Meadows posted 825 days ago 2095 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first picture is actually from the 90s. I was around 13 so it has to be 94ish. This actually my parents house but I do some of the finish work for my father. The Key is made from Arizona Ironwood that my Grandfather collected himself back in the 1970s. I made the key a little small because the humidity was really high (my father insists on using a swamp cooler…in a timber frame house…so they move allot!:) ...the timbers that is). I beveled the ends to mimic the downward point of the hammerbeam.

Ironwood is truly beautiful, however it smells terrible when you cut, sand or turn it. This is because it naturally locks in its own oils and when you sand it or cut it you release those oils. The pieces I have are from a tree that was almost 1000 years old…crazy huh! My grandpa was a carver.

The last picture shows how my father raised the timber frames, or bents, into position! My father drew the plans, then milled all the trees off his own property then did most of the work on the framing( his sons helped:) ). He did it all while practicing medicine. It has taken him 20 years and the house is still not completely done, but it is sweet. He is an incredible man.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate





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ratchet

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#1 posted 825 days ago

Amazing what people can accomplish when they put a mind to it. I’ve always said “If you want something done then get a busy person to do it”.

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Bob817

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#2 posted 825 days ago

It’s like they say…. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He has taught you alot?

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 825 days ago

Building a 40’ x 30’ TF barn that incorporates the use of Hammer Beam trusses is one of my remaining life goals.

Your dad’s joinery work looks great.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 825 days ago

Thanks ratchet!

I know, he never stops.. He makes me feel very lazy when I have my vertigo and headache attacks. He broke his leg last year, a small fracture but still a break and just worked through it. He still sees patients and is the Chief Medical Officer at Banner Lassen Medical Hospital in Lassen County in Susanville California. I can say he taught me much of my woodworking passion and drive though.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 825 days ago

Bob,

That is a very nice complement…thank you! I am no where near the man of my father, I am no doctor and if I broke my leg I would take some time off…well just a little:). He did teach me to use every moment I can when I can, so when I am not down I am with my family or working with wood in the shop.

Your a good man Bob!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 825 days ago

ssnvet,

That is an awesome dream! You should definitely do it!

Thanks for the complements, I will pass them on!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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HalDougherty

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#7 posted 825 days ago

Great looking joints. But, the fork lift to raise the bent is just cheating! How about some photos of the house today.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 825 days ago

Hal,

Thank you! I hear you! At the time I don’t think we knew enough people to have a proper barn raising:). Out of respect for my father I have held off on that. He is very leery of posting pictures of his house on line. It has already been broken into twice. He allows me to do little bits like this but he isn’t fond of the idea of “broadcasting” his home. So it will have to wait.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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crashn

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#9 posted 825 days ago

You really have shown us lots of miraculous things in the 2 short weeks since you joined lumberjocks! My heart felt thanks go out to you and the sacrifices you have made for our country. Keep up all the inspirational work!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 825 days ago

Chashn,

That is an amazing complement. I don’t think I am anything miraculous. Any one of you guys can do what I do, and much faster and better to:). The only think I have a monopoly on is my love for wood…I really do have a love affair with it…in a not creepy way:).

Thank you for your kindness.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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BigTiny

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#11 posted 824 days ago

Hi Nate.

Lovely work indeed. Add my name to the list of those admiring your dad’s work. My wife and I both love post and beam construction. I always wanted to build a home using timber framing, but life got in the way.

The great thing about TF homes is their longevity. There are such homes still occupied that were built in the 10th century.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 823 days ago

Thanks Paul! Yes,the TF homes are awesome. My fathers home is a 7100 square foot mansion really but it is beautiful and it has been a life long journey for him and the family. I help when I can!

Thank you again!

Your Friend,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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mafe

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#13 posted 821 days ago

Nate,
That is one amazing house and what a amazing dad.
It is such a fine idea to put this key that is a part of your grandfather – touching.
You sure are a amazing guy.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 821 days ago

Thank you very much Mafe, that mean allot! Seriously!!!

You are inspiring yourself with all your outstanding and brilliant projects!

Your Friend,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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mafe

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#15 posted 820 days ago

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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