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The house my son and I built for him

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Project by sprucegum posted 12-06-2012 07:07 PM 2603 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We built this in 2007 it is now complete I will post a exterior picture of the finished project as soon as I can find it . The lumber for the timbers was harvested by my other son from some land I own and sawed at a local mill.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't





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#1 posted 12-06-2012 07:40 PM

Timber framing is so much fun, I was involved in a timber frame lodge in the UP (Upper Michigan) That was for a couple railroad owners from Chicago, We used 18” logs on the exterier, with logs that large you know it had to be huge, or the scale of the log would have looked horrible, If memory serves me correctly the private lodge was around 11,000 Sq. Ft. It also had a 5 layer Michigan roof. We called a chain saw—”a trim saw”

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 07:48 PM

I bet it is a lot more fun when you are working for a railroad tycoon. I always end up doing fun jobs for poor people ha ha

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 07:54 PM

Now that’s a Woodworking project. Beautiful house with beautiful scenery.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 07:56 PM

Did you have to get the timbers graded in order to pass inspection?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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sprucegum

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#5 posted 12-06-2012 07:59 PM

Naw this is Vermont they haven’t thought of that yet.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#6 posted 12-06-2012 08:12 PM

Now that’s a wonderful house. I love timber framed houses. Nice work and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 12-06-2012 08:24 PM

That is just the ultimate woodworking project! Fantastic post, thanks.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-06-2012 08:33 PM

Beautiful home you and your son built! Very impressive job. Here in Tennessee it’s a lot of trouble using your own lumber for structures someone is going to live in. Not so much for barns. Just think how easy it would be to get the permit to build a barn, then later get a permit to renovate an old barn into a house… (big evil grin)

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

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#9 posted 12-06-2012 09:01 PM

Welcome to Ljs
That’s one wonderful place you built,great job.

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#10 posted 12-06-2012 09:02 PM

You built a beautiful home.

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sprucegum

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#11 posted 12-06-2012 09:04 PM

We have never had that problem here. Most rural towns have no building code in fact a few in this part of the state have no zoning. There is state enforcement of electrical and plumbing codes but you are still allowed to do that work on your own home. We also have energy code.
It is just a wonder all of the buildings built with non grade stamped lumber have not fallen down. I am sure when they put some ink on the live edge, cracked, twisted, and red rot lumber we get from the lumber yard it makes it better.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#12 posted 12-06-2012 09:14 PM

a great project, and the source only makes it so much more so.

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

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#13 posted 12-06-2012 09:19 PM

I’ve built and worked on houses for almost 30 years and I have never seen a timber framed house.
That is Beautiful! Your a lucky man to have those skills and your son is twice as lucky man to get to learn them.
Remarkable!
Chris

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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sprucegum

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#14 posted 12-06-2012 09:38 PM

Thanks my timber frame skills are just general woodworking skills applied to timber framing. I was given a timber framing book that was purchased at a flea market for a dollar. I read the book and bought some antique framing chisels on ebay and built a house. Anyone with good carpentry skills and a source of knowledge can do simple timber frame. After all our for father’s did some real impressive work without the benefit of power tools and I darned sure used power tools for everything I could.If I ever do another I will purchase a power mortiser for $1500 and put the chisels on ebay.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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Blahg

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#15 posted 12-06-2012 10:09 PM

“I read the book and bought some antique framing chisels on ebay and built a house.”

Love that attitude, and it is one that is sorely missing in today’s world. My father gave me a similar outlook. It never occurrs to him that he is not going to be able to do something simply because he doesn’t know how to yet.

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