Mortise and Tenon Shed Framing

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Forum topic by Quincy posted 01-14-2012 10:14 PM 1810 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2012 10:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mortise tenon frame orthogonal joint

I am building a firewood shed. Part of the framing requires joining three 6×6 pressure treated timbers to form the bottom corners of the overall frame. Each timber is orthogonal to the other two timbers (as in an x,y,z coordinate system.) I’d like to join the timbers with a mortise and tenon type joint. I have searched for methods of making such a joint but the only instructions I have found for joining three timbers are for rafter joints. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Or advise me on how to proceed? This is my first attempt at making mortise and tenon joints of any kind. Thank you!

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 10:33 PM

Look up “Timber Framing”.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 11:08 PM

Get the book ,”Timber Frame Construction” by Sobon and Schroeder.

All the information you need to do this project is in that book.


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#3 posted 02-28-2013 11:27 PM

Just bought a table saw from a guy near me who built the woodshop we all dream of. All timber frame construction “oak”. Near flawless joinery and finished to the finest detail with a oak hard wood floor. Attic space and basement with additional shop space. I had to ask the guy to quit showing me the saw I was buying and give me a tour of his shop. And every tool was spotless and had it’s exact place. It was extremely impressive. If you still need help maybe he would be willing to pass on his knowledge I still have his contact info.

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