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Project by johnintegrity posted 08-06-2011 05:10 PM 2771 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first timber- frames I cut . I was asked by a local builder to cut a frame from timber cut on site it was all built with fresh white pine. This was wood so fresh that it squirted you in the face. The timber frame was only on the first floor with multiple timbers joining into 1 post all at the same height . It made for a fairly difficult design. I had to base the design on the reality that there would be signifigant shrinkage in the frame after it was built. I looked at books on Japanese joinery methods and came up with a great design. The frame came out great . I was then hired to work on the rest of the building and finish it out. The rest of the lumber including flooring trim and cabinetry were all made from wood cut on site . I was recently contacted by the new owner to design 2 additions to the building. We are currently in the design phase. This home was the subject of an article in Fine Homebuilding.. Wow was I surprised when the builder took credit for designing and cutting the frame himself . there was even a picture of him cutting a mortise . I found it fascinating considering he had nothing to do with the frame. I guess it is the equivalent of a furniture gallery owner standing beside a piece he is selling [ A piece handcrafted by someone else] and then claiming he is the craftsman. All right I will stop the rant .

-- John, MA

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 05:33 PM

Great job sorry to hear about the fake you encountered!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 05:43 PM

Beautiful, I like it and love to build one like this in the woods…if I have one.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 10:35 PM

I LOVE timber framing…its the field I’m trying to get into right now.

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 02:56 AM

I do hope you sent the editors of Fine Homebuilding a letter setting the records straight. Not that they will bother to do anything about it but just to let them know.

Nice house anyway


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 05:20 PM

Great building, I would write a quick e-mail to the author of the story. No harm in trying.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 07:42 PM

What year was that 1997? Yikes, let it go John.

-- Jim

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 08:07 PM


-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 09-29-2016 08:13 PM

Great looking frame.

Sorry you didn’t get proper credit for it.

did you cut this frame using “square rule” joinery?

Did you air dry the timbers? The checking looks pretty minimal for fresh pine.

I’m happy to see you used sheet rock on the ceilings. The T&G ceilings are way to dark imo and make one feel like your in a golden cave.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 09-29-2016 08:33 PM

I’d tell him to go find someone else.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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