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07-30-2014 12:56 AM

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would like help on or advice on Mother earth news out of vermont. they have a timber frame wood shed to build. i am confused on some of the joinery and which timber sizes go where.i am hoping maybe someone with timber framing experience can shed some light on this to help me. thanks john

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 04:38 AM

You probably need to narrow down your question, be more specific, to get a meaningful answer.

This one?

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 05:11 AM

Nice looking shed, really crappy instructions. Basically the whole structure is put together using mortise and half lap joints, pinned with dowels. Not particularly difficult to build but pretty difficult to explain. If I was to build something like this, I’d probably just use their dimensions as a guide. You could probably get a simple book on timber framing which would allow you to puzzle out how to build it.

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 07:02 AM

What did Motherearthnews say when you contacted them about their sparse instructions?

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 12:32 PM

My wife and I built our shop timber frame style. Here is a link

Also, inside my log home is timber frame.

I’ll be glad to answer any questions you have.


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#5 posted 07-30-2014 04:27 PM

Looked like an old piece on the mother earth news web page I did not think of contacting them.i get the base 8×8 with lap joints.(sill). Then 6×6 posts. I was thinking of a stub tenon on the post to the sill lap joint ? Will 4 inches of the lab joint be enough for the stub tenon? And for the corner braces 4×4 mortise and tenon? The horizontal braces be 6×6?

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