Timber Framing for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction

by Rob Roy
     
 

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Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and wooden pegs, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship and training, as well as much time and expense. However, there is

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Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and wooden pegs, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship and training, as well as much time and expense. However, there is another way . . .

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us describes the timber framing methods used by most contractors, farmers and owner-builders—methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws and common sense building principles to accomplish the same goal in much less time. And while there are many good books on traditional timber framing, this is the first to describe in depth these more common fastening methods. The book includes everything an owner-builder needs to know about building strong and beautiful structural frames from heavy timbers, including:
the historical background of timber framing
crucial design and structural considerations
procuring timbers—including different woods and recycled materials
foundations, roofs and in-filling considerations
the common fasteners

A detailed case study of a timber frame project from start to finish completes this practical and comprehensive guide, along with a useful appendix of span tables and a bibliography.

Highly illustrated, this book enables "the rest of us" to build like the professionals and will appeal to owner-builders, contractors and architects alike.

Rob Roy is a former contractor with 11 previous books to his credit. He has been utilizing timber framing techniques for the past 25 years in the construction of homes, as well as in the numerous outbuildings at Earthwood Building School which he founded in 1981 with his wife, Jaki. He is most recently the author of Cordwood Building: The State of the Art (New Society, 2003).

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Library Journal
Viewers of television's This Old House are familiar with traditional timber framing, which is like fine cabinetmaking but on a larger scale and probably out of reach for everyone but the wealthy. A builder with 25 years' experience, Roy (Cordwood Building) offers a more pragmatic approach that uses modern fasteners and techniques to achieve similar results quickly and economically. He makes a strong argument for this method based on its strength, short duration, economy, and aesthetic appeal. Readers are shown how a basic timber structure is designed, offered tips for acquiring materials, and given a number of specialized building techniques. A detailed case study describes the construction of a sunroom at the Earthwood Building School, which Roy operates. It's a shame that no color photos are included, since timber-frame structures are so attractive. However, the numerous black-and-white photos and illustrations are acceptable supplements to the text. Several appendixes supply engineering data and sources of additional information. While not an essential purchase, this title will nicely round out comprehensive building collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550924213
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
680,004
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Rob Roy is a former contractor with twelve previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.

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