Timber frame porch

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Project by German_in_Ohio posted 04-26-2014 02:09 AM 5314 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year’s project from the Honey-Do list. Front porch made of cypress lumber. All parts were pre-made in my shop. The new front door is currently in the making.

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#1 posted 04-26-2014 02:22 AM

That’s very nice work, nice looking wood and the end result is impressive. A grand entrance!

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 04-26-2014 01:26 PM

Really love the project. In pic 4 it looks like you have small pieces screwed to the ends of the beams was that just for protection? What type of finish did you use?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 04-26-2014 01:38 PM

That is a beautiful top to the porch!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-26-2014 03:25 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, upscale timber framing with a touch of class.
No way could I precut all these parts without first making a full scale drawing. If it ain’t square, I need a pattern. Great work on your part.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 05:11 PM

Those pieces are simply protecting the end grain from direct sunlight. I found out the hard way that cypress is prone to splitting…

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#6 posted 04-26-2014 09:57 PM

This is really awesome! What a difference! What size lumber did you use? Did you have to laminate some of it or did you buy it that size? Did you purchase a plan or design it yourself?

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#7 posted 04-26-2014 10:27 PM

I purchased 700 board feet of 8/4 cypress lumber. I laminated some of it (clean the surface with acetone, then use titebond 3 etc… ). The posts are 7 3/4×7 3/4 with a 1” hole in the center. The hole is needed for the 3/4” stainless steel threaded rod that attaches the post to the concrete column. The beams are 7 3/4×11 1/2. Roof trusses are 3 1/2 by 8 I believe.

I designed it over the course of roughly 9 months. That gave me time to design something, put it away for a few weeks, take a second look at it, realize it was crap, and start over again. The city building department didn’t make the process easier… all they allowed us to do was a roof that is 4 feet deep.
Like with almost every finished project, there are several details that I would do differently if I had to build it again.

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#8 posted 04-26-2014 10:55 PM

Very nice curb appeal. That is a fantastic looking entrance with the new woodwork. Well done.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#9 posted 05-04-2014 12:49 AM

I grew up in NW Ohio and was always enthralled with the timberframe construction of the old barns up there. My dream was to build a timberframe home. Than never happened but I appreciate what you have done here. Nice work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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