Build a Timber-Frame Shed
What could be better? Learn the basics of timber-framing and get an outbuilding in the process.
Synopsis: This timber-framing primer covers the construction of a 12-ft. by 16-ft. frame, with step-by-step photos covering the cutting of mortises and tenons and the assembly of all the pieces into a standing structure. An exploded drawing identifies all the frame parts, and another series of drawings covers the more complex joints in the frame.
There’s something magical about timber-framing. It’s difficult to describe or even identify the qualities that make it so. Maybe it’s the result: a long-lasting, beautiful, strong structure. Or perhaps it’s the process: teamwork, community, craftsmanship. I worked on my first timber frame back in 1980. Forty of us raised an entire house frame by hand in one day, and I was hooked for life.
Like any building discipline, timber-framing is a complex subject that can’t be described adequately in a book, let alone a magazine article. At the building school that I…