Category Archives: DIY

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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First Cross Frame Complete – green oak barn

Sunday 10/1/21 When you’re on a roll and it’s not raining, you work on a Sunday! We started the day marking out the mortices on the curved sill of the end wall plate and cutting them. We then put it … Continue reading

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End Wall Braces and Mid-post – green oak barn

Saturday 9/1/21 With the end wall braces done, it was time to get the mid-post in. Here I am levelling up the wall plate so that I can mark up the mortice for the mid-post – right hand and eyes … Continue reading

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End Wall Braces 2 – green oak barn

Friday – 8/1/21 As I mentioned yesterday, the braces that go through the middle of the building are larger than those in the front and rear walls. This is because four of them have to link posts to the tie … Continue reading

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End Wall Braces – green oak barn

Thursday 7/1/21 Today we started by scraping off the ice. But there was no wind and the sun was on our backs so although the temperature didn’t get much above zero it was a very pleasant day. Ben and I … Continue reading

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