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12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:39:24 PM »
Hi All:

Alright...so in early January this year, I read Jack Sobon's book "Timber Frame: All About Post-And-Beam Building". I was instantly hooked after reading it. After a couple of times through it, I started to believe that building a frame would be possible! :laugh: The line, "The small garden toolshed offered in this book is a good starter project for the person wanting to learn the old way of building." made it sound like the perfect challenge. After reading more and more, I stumbled on Forestry Forum and have since spent more time than I can admit (or would like to admit to my wife) pouring through the wisdom in older posts. Jim Rogers was instrumental in answering some questions on the braces and having plans for the building. Many thanks to everyone that has contributed here as well. It is truly a wealth of information. Previous to building my frame, the most complicated thing I have built was a couple end tables and bed for our guest room. So, since March I've been working on it and this past Saturday (7.30.13) friends and family came by to help raise it. Its a day that will stay with me for a long time. A great feeling for sure. I've added a couple photos below to share with you all. At this point, I will be siding it soon. One question I had before I start that is how long should I wait to treat the timbers? They were green when they were delivered in March and were in my garage since then while I worked on them. I'm thinking about a boiled linseed / turpentine mix on them after I give them a final sand. Any other thoughts on this would be appreciated. I wouldn't want to put it on too early. Anyhow, thanks again to everyone!

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 07:43:39 PM »
That looks awesome! 8) Welcome to the Forum.
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 07:46:39 PM »
Nice looking shed you've got there.

And thanks for all the kind words.

You can treat the timbers whenever you want, they will dry naturally more once the siding is on and they can't get wet from rain.

Or you can leave them natural, it all depends on you.

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 07:53:22 PM »
Welcome.  Nice work!

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 07:55:33 PM »
Oh, yea, welcome to the forum.

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 08:23:21 PM »
Andy:   NICE WORK! As far as a finish, I would use a semi-transparent stain and finish the timbers so that each time I went inside my BEAUTIFUL shed, I would enjoy the look of the timbers! Keep the pictures coming. Welcome 8)
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2013, 09:26:52 PM »
Thanks Guys! Time to get cracking on the siding and treat the beams. I'll post some photos once I get the chance to wrap it up. I don't think photos of many Sobon sheds do them much justice as they  always seem to look small to me. Yet, when you're putting them up, you realize you're not dealing with any tiny garden shed. It's a solid building for sure!  ;D

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2013, 08:56:03 AM »
Great job!  Welcome to our world Andy.
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2013, 09:14:59 AM »
That looks awesome!  I bought Sobon's book last year and read it cover to cover.  I had visions of building a 30x40 barn and dismissed it as too labor intensive.  Now that I see  your shed, I think I'm going to plan on making one that size sometime in the not-too-distant future!  Great job!  Welcome to the Forum!
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2013, 09:29:49 AM »
Great Job!!

With all the new timber-framers that have been encouraged by books, internet, etc....it's interesting to see so many new timber-frames being cut inside newer stick-framed garages.  Makes me smile!

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2013, 09:49:07 AM »
I think cutting a small frame is a great way to get a taste for timber framing. You may find that, yes, it seems labor intensive, but in the end the reward is great enough to justify it. Building a set of saw ponies has always been suggested as a way to get an introduction to timber framing, but I don't think you get to do enough get over the initial learning curve. By the time you've cut a small shed, you should be at a point that the work flows along smoothly and you've gotten over some of the beginner hurdles, like a big ugly knot right in the middle of your mortise. :D
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2013, 10:21:23 AM »
So...if you find a knot in a saw horse mortice, is it called a "charlie horse"?

eh?
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2013, 07:54:04 PM »
Yes welcome to the forum! And fine looking frame you have there.

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2013, 10:30:54 PM »
So...if you find a knot in a saw horse mortice, is it called a "charlie horse"?

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2013, 12:02:57 PM »
So...if you find a knot in a saw horse mortice, is it called a "charlie horse"?

 yikes_smiley yikes_smiley yikes_smiley

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2013, 06:50:32 PM »
Hmmm.
That's weird, I thought I already posted in this thread, but I must not have.  Anyways, it looks like you did a GREAT job and the pictures are incredible.  Thanks for posting  8)

Speaking of the pictures, how did you upload them?  They seem to have way more detail than most pictures you see on here.  I know you've done a little post processing but even still, they look more detailed than any I've seen.  Great job!
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2013, 07:00:13 PM »
I wouldn't treat the beams at all, but that is just personal opinion. Once you have sided the building, the timbers will slowly take on a nice golden hue. :) Not sure what will happen with treating, they may change color anyway.
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Speaking of the pictures, how did you upload them?  They seem to have way more detail than most pictures you see on here.  I know you've done a little post processing but even still, they look more detailed than any I've seen.  Great job!

I wondered too.  A very good camera?   ???
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« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2013, 03:16:08 PM »
Thanks for the welcome guys! Piston and WmFritz, I don't think I did anything special with the photos on the upload...Just added them to the gallery and then put them in the post from there. Still a newbie here though so not sure how you guys do it. From the photo side, I really enjoy photography so I documented chunks of the project with my Nikon SLR or my iPhone 5. Post photo editing took place in Photography + and/or Pixelmator. Keeping up with the technology end is the challenge. Makes using a chisel and mallet seem like a welcomed task!  :laugh:

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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2013, 08:58:57 PM »
Photos look like they were taken with the HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting set to "on."

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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2013, 09:04:43 PM »
Hi Dan! How's the new workshop coming along?
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2013, 08:21:04 PM »
 Here are some shots of the "closing-in" process. Still got some work to do but it should be all tight for winter :)

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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2013, 09:31:36 PM »
Fantastic!

I helped my brother move a shed that was one hundred years old.  It was frail but sound.  My brother restored it at a new location, for new owners.  My mothers house is pushing a hundred and fifty years of age (New Hampshire ,USA).  That longevity has really stuck with me over the years.

I view modern construction with respect.  I also wonder if the modern stick built, para-lam and OSB house will last a century? Your shed could well be in service for a hundred years.  Congratulations and the future thanks you!

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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2013, 04:38:11 AM »
Thanks for the post aakins. When I get to retire and be able to spend more time on our land our plan is to buy the mill and build Jack's shed for our first
project and then a timber frame home. At first we planned a log home but after seeing a timber frame that my friend sawed most of the wood for we
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Re: 12 x 16 Sobon Shed
« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2013, 09:11:48 AM »
Andy:
Thanks for posting some enclosing photos. They look great.

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« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2013, 08:07:56 PM »
Thanks guys! :) Happy to post some progress.
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2014, 02:55:05 PM »
Some quick photos on the updated progress on the 12x16. I hope all is well!

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« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2014, 06:54:06 PM »
Looks great Andy. I like the color... what did you use for stain?
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« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2014, 07:50:29 PM »
Congratulations on a great job!
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2014, 07:12:09 PM »
Thanks Bill & John! I've had fun working on it. As far as the outside finish goes, I went with a cedar shaded semi-transparent from Sikkens. Couldn't be happier with it. ;D

All the best,
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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2014, 08:44:08 AM »
Real nice job!  no question there is a smiley face you are wearing,  thanks for sharing,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,


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