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Learn to Timber Frame
Craftsmanship, Simplicity, Timeless Beauty
Signed copies of Will Beemer's new book can now be ordered online!
A classic timber frame is as practical and beautiful today as it has been for centuries. In this beginner-friendly guide, veteran builder and Heartwood Director Will Beemer brings the historic craft of timber framing within reach by walking you through the process of building a simple 12x16 structure a starter project large enough to serve as a cabin, workshop, or studio that can be modified to suit your needs. Along the way, you'll learn what makes timber framing distinctive, how to acquire and use local lumber, and the proper handling of chisels, saws, and other essential tools. Inspiring photos and instructive diagrams illuminate each step from preparing and cutting the timbers to the thrill of raising day. Hardcover; 192 pages.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Jack A. Sobon. Preface. Chapter 1: What Is Timber Framing? Chapter 2: Getting Started; Using Ungraded Native Lumber - Timber Frame Engineering 101 - Ordering and Storing Timbers. Chapter 3: Layout Systems; Mill Rule - Mapping - Scribe Rule - Square Rule. Chapter 4: Tools; Tools for Layout - Cutting Tools - Boring Tools. Chapter 5: Procedures for Layout & Cutting; First Steps in Layout - Laying Out the Mortise and Tenon - Cutting Procedures - Rules of Thumb for Joinery Design in Square Rule. Chapter 6: The Tiny Timber Frame; Plan Drawings - Timber List - Sills - Joists - Posts - Girts - Braces - Collars - Door Posts - Tie Beams - Plates - Rafters. Chapter 7: Variations on the Frame; Moving Doors and Windows - Adding a Loft - Changing the Roof Pitch - Overhangs - Making the Frame Smaller - Making the Frame Bigger. Chapter 8: Raising the Frame; Equipment for Raising Day - The Raising Script. Chapter 9: Foundations & Enclosure Systems; Foundations - Insulation and Enclosure. Epilogue. Glossary. Resources. Bibliography. Index.
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