First Timber Frame Cabin

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Project by Hellough posted 03-10-2015 02:36 AM 3155 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Set out with a book and lots of time and made the frame for a small cabin my wife and I will live in. Took 5 months to cut the timbers from logs left behind by a gas utility right of way.

Frame is made of poplar and oak (what was available to me). Posts and crossbeams are 8”x8”, braces and rafters are 4”x6”. The book I used was ‘Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam Building by Jack Sobon and Roger Schroeder’.

Had one joint wrong, the brace of the first bent on the left. You can see it in the first picture. I went back later and mended my mistake. It was a day of great community and the largest woodworking project I’ve ever completed.

If you’re interested in following the whole project from start to finish, check out my blog.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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#1 posted 03-10-2015 02:43 AM

Hey what’s that crane doing in the last picture? Must of cost you a few Beers with all that help.LOL

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 03-10-2015 02:47 AM

Crane was setting the rafter in the last picture. Had to drop it a good bit to get the straps off.

I actually forgot the beer, but I made up for it with hotdogs, homemade cole slaw, and a offering a “man” project for all my buds cooped up over the winter.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 02:53 AM

That is sweet. One day I hope to do the same :)

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 03:03 AM

Nice work. I used that same book when I built mine.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 03-10-2015 03:27 AM

Your living the dream my friend

-- If you don't Play, you can't win

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 05:14 AM

Excellent work for your first timber frame cabin.

Good job.

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#7 posted 03-10-2015 06:44 AM

That’s a pretty hefty looking project. There is lots of grunting that goes on when framing like that. You did a good looking job. I looked at your blog, I purchased one of those chainsaw attachments for a sklisaw similar to the one you have pictured, I believe it was a Ponzi brand. It worked fine to make a simple square cut but trying to cut an angle didn’t workout so well. It walked like a sawzall blade. I gave mine away, that’s how impressed I was with it. The 16” Mikita works well. Kickback is not an issue. Get a quality carbide tip blade, $$$. I’m also a fan of using Bostik dricote carbide lubricant. It keeps the blade cooler and slows down the pitch buildup in the hooks of the saw blade teeth. The Makita 16” saw only has a 15 amp motor so a straight cut is a must. If you get a little out of line the blade bogs down, lots of mass. I couldn’t imagine using it with a motor powerful enough to cause it to kickback, it would be scary.

Doing some timber framing here’s something else that may interest you .

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 03-10-2015 05:44 PM

That’s awesome, would love to build a cabin like this some day. And that’s some good friends that stuck around to help after you told them you forgot the beer. Who am I kidding I would have stuck around just for the fun of the project too.

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 07:33 PM

Thanks everyone. Certainly has been a dream.

Darrell, that’s some interesting jigs you have there in that link. I’ve never seen anyone shape timbers with a skilsaw… Impressive. If I had the money, I would consider the Mikita. Been doing everything the budget way so far.

Tim, they didn’t seem to mind. :)

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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#10 posted 03-10-2015 10:00 PM

Really interesting build – looks great
Love the picture with everyone on it – it speaks volumes

-- Greg Simon

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#11 posted 03-11-2015 03:52 PM

I love post and beam houses. This will be beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-11-2015 08:18 PM

I have a lifelong dream of doing this myself one day.
Way to go.

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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