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Project by Daniel Graff posted 07-31-2007 07:01 PM 5111 views 10 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

4,000 board feet of White Oak
Every joint cut by hand
Black Walnut splines
Hard Maple pegs

I designed, cut the joinery, and raised this timber frame cabin last summer. It is 36’x14’.

I purchased 20 acres in the heart of Amish county in rural Ohio a few years ago. Being a wood worker I knew I wanted to to build something from wood. I researched log cabins, stick framing, etc. and settled on a timber frame.

I taught myself everything from reading all of Ted Benson’s books.

I dropped out of architecture school after a few years—but it was enough to give me the knowledge to do all of the load calculations, building plans, etc.

The cabin is currently “under roof” I have the doors, windows and roof on. I’m looking forward to the siding—no artificial materials— probable western red cedar with way too many details.

More photos here:[email protected]/sets/72157601122490646/

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 07-31-2007 07:04 PM

Holy Moly! Dan, this is just awesome! You are obviously very talented and skilled. This project all done with hand joinery! I’m very impressed. Again, just awesome! Welcome to LJ! You sure popped in with a splash!

Tom from Canada

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Daniel Graff

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 07:06 PM

Thanks Tom, I wish I could show more photos… I just stumbled onto lumberjocks this past weekend.

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 07:09 PM

holy moly is exactly what I was going to say!!!

totally amazing… what an inspiration.. what an undertaking!!! holy moly..
bravo; bravo; bravo!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 07:10 PM

Awesome! Wish I could take some vacation and come help. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, although I’d probably start with a shed or something smaller. Can’t wait for more pics.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 07-31-2007 07:17 PM

I have to agree, Awesome!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 07:22 PM

Incredible joinery! This takes the whole concept up an order of magnitude! This sort of work is a rarity today. Impressive job.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#7 posted 07-31-2007 07:22 PM

I love the look and strength of large timber construction. If I were younger and healthier I would take an apprentiship to learn how it is done. I look forward to seeing the process continue until its finish.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 07-31-2007 07:25 PM

Dawm!! I am sooo jealous!! I have always wanted to build a timber framed house!, Your skills are truly amazing. Thanks for sharing:)


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#9 posted 07-31-2007 07:27 PM

I like it! You’ll have to let us see some updated pics! Check this out. What material is the roof?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 07-31-2007 08:41 PM

Terrific project, seeing all of that beautiful timber makes my mouth water. The large Skilsaw sure helps wit this kind of work.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 07-31-2007 09:34 PM

Dick, That Makita cir. saw (see the flickr photos.) has 16.25” blade. Almost uncontrollable and inaccurate as hell. The blade actually bends and rarely cuts a 90 deg. angle. I used it for very rough “hogging out” of material and then finished up with hand tools. Not to mention it constantly trips my generators breaker ;-)


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#12 posted 07-31-2007 10:35 PM

I am glad to see timber framing is still alive. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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#13 posted 07-31-2007 11:34 PM

That is incredible Dan. I can’t wait to see the rest of the cabin!

-- John, Auckland New Zealand -

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#15 posted 08-01-2007 12:47 AM

That’s some amazing ambition and just flat beautiful!!!!


-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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