Sunday, March 22, 2009

The south wall.

With the walls and one of the cornerposts already fixed in place, this one was the trickiest. But I'm getting the hang of timber framing and the process is getting much easier with experience.
The beam spans about 28 feet, supported by the 5 posts centered between the windows.
My longest timbers won't span the room, so I had to splice two shorter beams over the center support post. Normally, a "scarf" joint would be used here, due to its greater strength. Since it wasn't necessary here (AND since I didn't feel confident that I could cut my first scarf joint without destroying several timbers), I opted to go with a simple lap joint.


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