Joinery and shop photos

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Project by TimberFramerBob posted 02-23-2013 04:13 PM 3502 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Im putting some pics up of some joinery and shop assembly… guys were so interseted and wanted more pictures…...thats awesome thank you. Ill explain a little for each one.

Photo 1) this is a pic from our shop loft, we are pre fitting half of the second story floor system for a house we did.

2) this is a spline connection in an exterior girt…..the oak spline goes is 2×8 and about 2 1/2 feet long….we cut it half into one girt and half into the other…..when we put the two together and peg it the joint resists tension and lateral pressure well.

3) here is one of the trusses from the previous project being test fit. The oak spline here goes from one curved collar tie, straight through the kingpost, and into the other collar tie….this eliminates any tension on the king posts grain…..basically when the rafters want to spread apart they pull parallel to the oak splines grain as opposed to perpendicular to the grain on the king post…..which is much weaker.

4) hell….even I dont know where this goes….lol

5) Everything with the exception of our compound roof joinery is test fit, mated to a certain piece, and numbered…..once its mated piece “X” only goes with piece “Y”.....the pieces are not interchangeable…...they are hand cut so everything is just a tiny bit different

6) this wouldn’t be complete without a picture of me trying (unsuccesfully) to look cool by one of our frames.

Thanks for all this interest guys…....any questions just fire them over…........and if you do know anyone who wants something timber framed we do anything from large homes, to additons, to entryways and pergolas…..Im always open to something new. :)

-- ..........a man who works with his hands, his brains, and his an artist.

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 04:15 PM

Man that just looks fun! Well done some great work going on there.

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 04:46 PM

Wow, that is some impressive woodworking on a grand scale! I am seeing some really highly skilled work there and materials to match. I love the fantastic joinery and also the small stuff like the lambs tongue detail. I’ve been joining a veneer press frame with 3-3/4” square stock today and I thought I was working with some really heavy stuff! Are those big beams being exposed in the finished houses? I’m glad to see folks like yourself are still building this way. Thanks for the interesting post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 04:49 PM

Yes…..everything we do is basically a finished product…..all the big timbers we cut serve as the structural frame…..when complete it is all visible from the inside.

-- ..........a man who works with his hands, his brains, and his an artist.

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 05:00 PM

In your answer to your previous post, you stated that you use free of heart center green wood. Just how
green is the wood, and do you have a problem with shrinkage, and/or sap leaking? That is beautiful big
wood you are working with, and it is getting harder to find out here. How is the supply back east? Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 05:07 PM

Is that a tiny fork lift truck or is that job massive?
It all looks awesome and you obviously know what you’re doing. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 02-23-2013 05:13 PM

Bluepine…...the wood is pretty green… does leak sometimes….we can get it kiln dried but it adds to the cost by a bit and depending on where you get it dried timbers this big are still green in the very center anyway…..they will shrink but not to the point its problematic. We cut them and raise them so the frame moves togehter and twisting is pretty much held at bay by the joinery. But it all depends on what wood we use, what time of year it was cut down, and how long it sits before raising… an example we will look at each piece of wood and be able to pretty accurately tell where it is going to check when it dries, so we will turn that face to an exterior wall or somewhere less noticeable, if the tree was winter cut while the sap is down it is less prone to twist or leak sap. We also wax all endgrain….tenon ends, nside mortise pockets…..all of it…..this slows the drying process considerably and keeps the wood more stable as it dries.

-- ..........a man who works with his hands, his brains, and his an artist.

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#7 posted 02-23-2013 05:17 PM

LOL renners…......its a little of both…..the forklift has to be kinda small to maneuver while we test fit stuff… give you an idea … the picture my shop is 33 feet from side wall to side wall and about 70 feet deep, then we have a 730 square foot loft for storing timbers and making smaller things like knee braces

-- ..........a man who works with his hands, his brains, and his an artist.

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 07:35 PM

Heavy lumber, beautiful joinery, You sir, are indeed a Lumber-Jock!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 08:47 PM

Love it,great job.

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 01:37 PM

I also wondered about the forklift. From your description ”Photo 1) this is a pic from our shop loft, ” I thought that must be one hell of a loft to be able to hold a forklift. And then I wondered how did you get a forklift UP TO THE LOFT? Then I realized you meant the pic was TAKEN FROM the loft … made me LOL

Beautifu joinery.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 02:49 PM

LOL…....we put some heavy stuff in the loft…...but not our forklift :)

-- ..........a man who works with his hands, his brains, and his an artist.

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#12 posted 02-24-2013 04:57 PM

Now THAT is some man-sized wood-working!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 02:21 AM

I am now obsessed with timberframing.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#14 posted 03-30-2017 12:33 PM

I love timber framed homes and always wanted one. It wasn’t meant to be. You do beautiful work and I would love to see some of your work in person. I still hope that one day I could build a small work shop by timber framing. It would be a combination hand tool woodworking shop and small blacksmith shop down in the woods behind my house. It may never happen because I’m in my late 60’s now.

I just looked at your website. You make beautiful timber frames.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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