Framing the Barn / Garage / Mudroom — 7 Comments

  1. Did you erect the poles, and then attach the beams, or did you build the bents and stand them up as units?

    Also, is it legally allowed to post photos on the internet of a timberframe project getting built without posting photos of the timbers being raised? Isn’t it some kind of law or rule or something that photos of the “barn raising” are mandatory?

    Where’s the obligatory photo of all the people that helped assemble the frame sitting atop the structure with tools in hand, and the tree branch nailed to the highest peak?

    I’m reporting this blog post to the internet police.

    Now, if I only knew how and where to file such a report.

    • I first erected the poles using a tripod of logs and a come-along, then braced them into place before hoisting up the beams. With the base of each pole firmly connected to the concrete pier with brackets of angle iron, they didn’t want to topple anyway.

      These are quicky posts that don’t cover all of the details, just enough to get people thinking. I do have lots of photos of the entire process, and I expect to assemble an article sometime that would cover the whole process in more detail. When I do this, I’ll give notice on this blog.

      I have built this entire structure all by myself (and I’m nearly 70), so I’m sorry to say that the barn raising team was minimal.

      • Impressive work, Kelly.

        Don’t let your age slow you down. My grandfather was still building well into his ’90’s. He was strong, agile, and still had a sharp mind right up till he passed.

        Of course, he had me there to do all the hard manual labor.

        So, I guess the secret is to recruit some young apprentice to overwork…uh… I mean teach the tricks of the trade to.

  2. “The beams are pinned into place with half inch rebar and then held firmly there with metal strapping.” Do you mean you’re using rebar for pins, instead of wood (like a dowel)? Can you include a picture of that? Sound interesting. Thank you.

    • Yes, I cut lengths of about 10 inches of rebar, drilled slightly larger holes in the wood where I wanted them to be, and then set the upper beam down on the pin that already inserted into the post. I don’t have any photos of it.

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