One of the challenges of building a timberframe structure was finding a reliable source for all of the timbers at a good price and having them cut on a schedule that suited my needs. I saw an ad in a local paper that advertised—lumber for sale for barns and sheds,custom cut,will deliver. I gave the man a call and told him what I was building and as it turned out he lived about 10 minutes from me and that he could mill everything I needed for the shop at a very reasonable price—.50bd ft for SYP,and .60 bd ft for oak. Wow what a deal. I ordered all of the girders for the floor system—6” x 8” x 8’and 10’ oak.
Unloading first shipment of oak timbers
After finishing all of the piers (21) each with a 1/2 “anchor bolt,termite flashing and PT sill plate I began fitting the girders with a 1/2 lap joint using my Trusty Jonsereds 49SP chain saw.
Setting girders with help from son #1
Making good progress
After getting all of the main girders in place I began to put in the 4” x 6” SYP floor joists using ledger strips and spikes
Nailing down the floor with help from FIL and son # 2
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-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com