Build an Antique-Style Post-and-Beam Shed with Modern Construction Details
Sturdy metal hardware takes the place of traditional, time-consuming timber-frame joinery in this contemporary take on the classic storage shed.
Synopsis: In this excerpt from his book Building Sheds (The Taunton Press, 2016), Joseph Truini gives instructions for building a modern post-and-beam shed with a conventionally framed 2×6 floor, assembled with metal fasteners called T-Rex connectors from Connext Post and Beam. He describes three jigs that help frame the shed, and then explains the process of raising the frame, siding the shed, and installing windows and doors. Illustrations give details of the frame and door assembly.
Unlike in a traditional post-and-beam structure, there’s not a single scarf joint or mortise-and-tenon joint in this whole shed. Built on a conventional 2×6 floor, the frame is assembled with metal fasteners called T-Rex connectors. Each connector’s flange is screwed to a supporting member, and its leg slides into a post or beam with a slot cut to receive it. These joints are held together with aluminum pins. This modern construction method might not impress timber-frame…