Author Archives: Simon Berry

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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Marking Up the First Tie Beam – green oak barn

Friday 15/1/21 Today was another day where not much sawdust was created but we made great progress. We fettled the dovetail joints (even more) on each end of the lefthand end wall plate. We then adjusted things so all three … Continue reading

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Planning the Roof – green oak barn

Thursday 14/1/21 Not much sawdust was created today as we paused to consider the design of the softwood element of the roof. What prompted this was a concern as to whether there would be enough space for the green oak … Continue reading

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Completing the Lefthand Wall Plate Dovetail Joints – green oak barn

Wednesday 13/1/21 Today I experimented with time lapse videos to show the work done on the dovetail  joining the wall plates in the rear left of the barn. See the end of this blog post. Before working on that joint, … Continue reading

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Putting the Tent Back Up – green oak barn

Tuesday 12/1/21 Today was damp so we decided to get the repaired tent back up. Some final repairs were required to one of the connectors. We erected the repaired frame on the slab. Put on the repaired canvas. And tied … Continue reading

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Joining the End Wall plate to the Front and Rear Wall Plates – green oak barn

Monday 11/1/21 Today started with us admiring our end wall cross frame (which we completed yesterday) and then marking and cutting the lower element of the frame to length. This is the sill that’s going to sit on the brick … Continue reading

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