We all got together on Black Friday to start the construction, it was light years beyond being trampled in a Wal-Mart parking lot while fighting over the last pair of Chinese Elmo Socks. The first day we moved a lot of the timbers into place, sorted them for location, cut a couple joints and ate delicious chili. This type of large scale joint cutting is excellent practice for smaller scale woodworking. It pays dividends to be able to see details of cutting things like stop mortises and housed dovetails at a large scale. The other added benefit to this is all the extra cool toys you need to do timber framing.
All the beams for the cabin are oak and were just milled so they were nice and green. Green timbers are preferred for timber framing so that when they dry the joints shrink into each other and stay tight, especially ones that are held together with dowels.
|Moving the Big Boys
|Working Hard... or Hardly Working? HAHAHAHAHAA!
|Ryan Making Use of the Beastmaster
|Prazi Beam Cutter on a Bosch Worm Drive and a Sweet Beard
|Compensate Much? Barr Timber Framing Slick (the left one)
|Scoring Lines to Rip With the Handsaw
|Squaring Up a Beam End
|Mortise with Antique 2" and My Tuned Up Stanley 32 in the Background