Monthly Archives: January 2021

Trust Your Maths – green oak barn

Sunday – 31/1/21 I only did a couple of hours today adjusting the part of the truss I thought I’d finished yesterday. I wasn’t quite happy with the fact that the bottom of the principal rafter came in 198mm in … Continue reading

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First Half of First Truss Complete – green oak barn

Saturday 30/1/21 Great day today buoyed by an advisory visit from Ben . Firstly, I realised why I was having such problems with the top king post joint yesterday. What was happening was that the king post was not staying … Continue reading

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First King Post Top Joint – green oak barn

Friday 29/1/21 I thought I’d make more progress today than I did. I find angled joints much more challenging than right-angled ones. I marked out and cut the tenon on the end of the principal rafter. And then cut the … Continue reading

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First King Post – green oak barn

Thursday 28/1/21 Today I resumed work on the oak frame after an eight day gap. This gap was partly due to other commitments but prevarication also played a significant part.  I knew I was going to have to cut the … Continue reading

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More Roof Geometry – green oak barn

Sunday – 24/1/21 Having worked out the geometry of the green oak elements of the roof (see Roof Geometry), I looked again at the softwood part of the structure. As tends to be the case when faced with a challenge, … Continue reading

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Roof Geometry – green oak barn

Wednesday 20/1/21 I did end up taking off the tent canvas last night and I got a good night’s sleep as a result despite the wind. The strong winds and rain continued today and will carry on through the night … Continue reading

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Truss Layout and Reorganisation – green oak barn

Tuesday 19/1/21 Today the softwood arrived for the roof. The wider (200mm) pieces to the left are for the hip rafters and ridge. This was stacked ready to be brought in when the green oak trusses have been made. On … Continue reading

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First Tie Beam Braces Complete – green oak barn

Monday 18/1/21 Due to other commitments, we only worked until lunchtime today but we made really good progress and this is captured in the time lapse video below. We completed the (very complicated) braces on the lefthand tie beam. Tomorrow … Continue reading

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First Tie Beam Braces – green oak barn

Sunday 17/1/21 This is how you are supposed to start your day as a timber frame builder – by laying out your tools. These are Ben’s. I somehow never seem to get to this stage… Today we worked on the … Continue reading

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Cog Joints on the First Tie Beam – green oak barn

Saturday 16/1/21 Today we started by completing the mark-up of the cog joints between the tie beam and wall plate that we started marking up yesterday. Then we cut the joints. We worked at our own ends of the tie … Continue reading

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