Monthly Archives: November 2020

Mortices for rear wall braces – the green oak barn

Monday 30/11/20 There were two of us on the job today and we were able to complete the eight mortices for the four braces I had prepared over the last two days. Here’s what I learnt from Ben. All mortices … Continue reading

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More Braces – Tenons – the green oak barn

Saturday 28/11/20 This is where I got to today. Four braces with tenons done and 3/4 of the mortices marked out. I ran out of light. I had the benefit of Ben’s presence this morning and he showed me how … Continue reading

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The First Braces – Tenons – the green oak barn

Friday 27/11/20 I was worried about the potential for mistakes today. I’d never done braces before and couldn’t see how to transfer what I’d learnt so far about working with green oak to the marking out and cutting of the … Continue reading

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First Post Joints – Assembly – the green oak barn

Thursday 26/11/20 Today started with a visit from Ben on his way to work. He brought two things. A very useful book: Oak-Framed Buildings by Rupert Newman and a plumb line.   It probably would have been a good idea … Continue reading

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First Post Joints – Mortices – the green oak barn

Tuesday 24/11/20 I started today by cutting the second tenon I’d marked out at the end of the day yesterday and offered this up the wall plate and used this to mark the position of the mortice. I then flipped … Continue reading

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First Post Joints – Tenons – the green oak barn

Monday 23/11/20 I was working by myself today following the techniques and instructions given to me by Ben. Ben came in his lunch break to help me move the second post on to the site. It was a late start … Continue reading

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First Joint – Scarf Joint, Rear Top Plate – the green oak barn

Saturday 21/11/20 Today my friend Ben arrived who knows a thing or two about building things with green oak. We will be working on the build together. It will look like he’s doing all the work as I’ll be taking … Continue reading

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Moving the First Timbers in Place – the green oak barn

Thursday 19/11/20 My son came over for the day today and we used the trestles we made last week to layout the timbers for the rear wall plate. I showed this video to my brother who sent the video below … Continue reading

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The Site Folder – the green oak barn

When we were marking out the barn we working with loose bits of paper which got wet and were difficult to keep still! It was time for a site folder. It’s yellow so it’s easy to find and has all … Continue reading

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Making Trestles – the green oak barn

[Update: these trestles proved to be pretty unstable (and dangerous) and were later modified. See Remodelling the Trestles] Today my son Luke came over and we started making the eight trestles we were going to need to make up the … Continue reading

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