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Author Topic: Wanting to build my own timber frame  (Read 1751 times)

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Offline stl_6string

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Wanting to build my own timber frame
« on: January 13, 2006, 10:04:59 AM »
Well, I have this idea that I could with enough research, maybe a seminar or two (three or four) and some actual hands on experience, build my own timber frame house.

How reasonable is it to think that a guy with only a few DIY remodel projects under his belt could attempt such a thing. Certainly, I can't be the first person with no real home building experience that wanted to build his own home. Right?

Short of reading every post on this board, where should I go to learn more about timber framing before I either get this notion out of my head or actually jump on it and do it?

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Re: Wanting to build my own timber frame
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2006, 03:01:41 PM »
I'm sawing wood now to do the same thing.   I went to and bought some books that actually go thru the timber-frame building process.  The one that I find myself looking at the most is "Build a Classic Timber-Framed House" by Jack Sobon.  But there are several others and I really can't recommend one over the other.  I also bought some books covering conventional construction and wiring.  I had several older construction books but I wanted to be more up to date on current codes.  I'm really enjoying the planning process and the felling and sawing of my own trees.  Have fun.  And BTW, this forum and others in the Forestry Forum is a great source of advice from people actually doing the "stuff".
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Re: Wanting to build my own timber frame
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006, 03:40:51 PM »
Hi stl_6string, I am planning to do the same thing, my favorite book is The craft of modular post and beam by James Mitchell. Our forefathers had to do it and with no power tools or steel plate fasteners. Check out some other threads, lots of others doing the same.

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Re: Wanting to build my own timber frame
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2006, 07:43:11 PM »
I'm in the middle of one as are a few other's here too. 

Our forefathers had to do it and with no power tools or steel plate fasteners

But if they had power (electric/combustion/hydraulic) I'm pretty sure they would have taken advantage of it...  :D
Everyone has hobbies...I hope to live in mine someday.

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