Learn to Timber Frame
Craftsmanship - Simplicity - Timeless Beauty
by Will Beemer

210 x 240mm

Published by Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA, USA


ISBN 978-1-61212-668-5

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Extract from back cover of book:

Rustic Elegance

A classic timber frame is as practical and beautiful today as it has been for centuries. In this beginner-friendly guide, veteran builder and educator Will Beemer brings the historic craft of timber framing within reach by walking you through the process of building a simple 12 x 16' 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. Up-close photos and instructive diagrams illuminate each step, from preparing and cutting the timbers to the thrill of raising day.

Includes complete plans for a 12' x 16' cabin.

Note: Some American building methods may not be compatible with Australian Standards.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



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