Patrick's Barn: Raising the Framecomments (0) July 5th, 2011 in Blogs
We live in a great country, which is part of the reason I love the Fourth of July. Other reasons include: warm weather, fireworks, and a lot less stress compared to other holidays. This year’s Fourth of July weekend was especially fun. With help from Fine Woodworking associate editor Steve Scott, my wife and I made pretty good progress framing our new barn workshop while still enjoying some quality time with friends and family in the evening.
Saturday morning, I installed the post bases in preparation for Steve’s arrival later in the day. I was bolting the last one in place when he showed up to help me set the 12-ft. posts that form the barn’s basic frame. It took about three hours to raise all the posts and install enough connecting girts and braces to keep everything plumb and stable. The following day it rained pretty steadily, so I took that as a sign to spend some time with the family and catch up on household chores.
On Monday, my wife and I nailed up some additional girts and built some scaffolding to help us frame the upper parts of the building. It sure was exciting to climb up there and imagine the view from the barn’s second story. Maybe next year I’ll be able to watch the neighbors’ fireworks from up there with a cold beer in hand. I can’t wait.
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