That's not OT.
I timberframed a small barn in my back yard 2 summers ago. My major sources
of info were:
these PDF's: http://www.tfguild.org/joinery/joinery.html
and a one-day seminar at Lee Valley.
From what perspective are asking? Do you want to build a timber frame
structure, hire someone to make one for you, of just learn about the
I will be doing everything myself and been researching it. I Already
have the plans. I will be milling the beams myself with a Granberg
Alaskan Mill(which is where i live btw)
and a John Deere chainsaw (i didn't even know they made em!) I already
own the lad right out. I will be moving to my land an about 6 weeks. I
intend to build a small stick frame cabin for over winter and do the
timber frame next year.
I don't know what your tool budget is, but you'll want a good 1 1/2"
framing chisel and a rugged mallet for starters. A 10" circ saw makes
short work of tenons. We use these daily:
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If you can rent, borrow or steal a chainsaw mortiser, you will cut the
joint cutting time in half:
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Good luck, and have fun!
When you are building your own home, time does become money. For the most
part I did my 12x22 4-bent shed/barn with almost a couple several dollar
tool budget (next to nothing):1/2" drill, 1.5" framing chisel and some odds
The first time saver I would invest in would be a big circular saw.Ideally
big enough to cuth through half of your biggest beam. Then I would beg
borrow or steal a chain mortiser. Hogging out mortises turned out to be a
huge investment in time and tendons, (thats tight I said tendons not
They don't; they're simply branded.
Don't know whose they are these days; mine is about 30 yr old and is
base Echo saw in yellow drag... :)
Other recommendations good; only question I'd as is what size timbers
you planning on?
this is a good introduction:
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But there is a lot of variation across the world. where are you?
And what do you want to know about? History, Modern buildings, technical
Sobon's book is a good start.
Beyond that, you have to say what you mean by "timber frame" There's
a lot of variation in that - round here it means (on a good day) re-
creating medieval work in oak, with seriously complicated joinery.
That's a long way from tubafours and rockwall.
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