Monthly Archives: December 2020

One Tenon, Two Mortices – green oak barn

Monday 14/12/20 It was good to get back to the project today having been pulled off it by other commitments for several days. I was hoping to get the two middle posts of the front wall joined to the wall … Continue reading

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Tenon on First Front Wall Post – green oak barn

Thursday 10/12/20 Not much to report today. I got pulled off on to other jobs so only spent a couple of hours on the frame. But I did manage to get the tenon cut on the first post of the … Continue reading

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Fourth long post in poistion – green oak barn

Wednesday 9/12/20 Not much progress made today but I do have an error to report and a hint from Ben. The hint first. Ben came around today but was in consultant mode. He’d read yesterday’s blog post and had some … Continue reading

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Solo Scarf Joint – green oak barn

Tuesday 8/12/20 I worked by myself today and progressed very steadily and slowly. I am very anxious about making an error but determined that anxiety should not undermine the enjoyment of this project. So the rule is “go steady, check … Continue reading

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Rear Wall Complete – the green oak barn

Monday 7/12/20 Today the last two braces went into the rear wall. My handiwork is checked over by the boss. It passed. We took everything to pieces but the light went quickly so before putting the finished bits away we … Continue reading

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Putting Up a Tent – the green oak barn

Today was cold and wet and got wetter. We even had hail a couple of times. After contemplating completing the rear wall in the early light rain – which we are both desperate to do – we decided to put … Continue reading

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Getting into the Green Oak Mindset – the green oak barn

Friday – 4/12/20 I am struggling to get out of the ‘making a jewellery box for my mum’ mindset and into the ‘green oak framing’ mindset. When you’re making a jewellery box for your mum, which I did when at … Continue reading

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Remodelling the trestles – the green oak barn

Thursday 3/12/20   Before and after Today the weather was awful. There was no prospect of working on the frame so I decided to work in the dry on something that was worrying me – the instability of our trestles. … Continue reading

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Rookie Error #1 – the green oak barn

Wednesday 2/12/20 Today started well. Both Ben and I were on site. Ben was working on the long post at the rear right of the building and I was working on the short post at the rear left. The details … Continue reading

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First post and braces go into place – the green oak barn

Tuesday 1/12/20 Today started with the drilling of the peg holes for the brace joints. As before, this involved drilling perpendicular holes through the mortices (use a pair of squares) and then drilling off-centre holes in the tenons so that … Continue reading

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